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  • Bronfenbrenner ecological framework of psychology

    Bronfenbrenner's ecological framework of psychology, proposed by Urie Bronfenbrenner, examines human development through the lens of various interconnected systems or environments. The framework recognizes that individuals are influenced by and interact with different levels of systems, including the microsystem, mesosystem, exosystem, macrosystem, and chronosystem. These systems shape individuals' development and behaviors by considering their immediate surroundings, interactions between different environments, external influences, cultural and societal norms, and changes over time.

    The ecological framework can be applied to understanding online communities, recognizing that they exist within a broader ecological context. The microsystem of an online community involves individual interactions with other community members and specific online platforms. The mesosystem considers the connections and relationships between different online communities. The exosystem includes factors such as technology, social media algorithms, and internet policies that indirectly influence online communities.

    The macrosystem encompasses cultural norms and societal values, while the chronosystem accounts for how online communities evolve over time. Viewing online communities through an ecological lens helps understand the multifaceted nature of community dynamics and the impact of various systems. It emphasizes the importance of considering both individual behavior and the broader environmental factors in designing and managing online communities to foster positive engagement and address challenges within the larger ecological context.

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