This book describes and analyzes how a child's interaction with family, school, peer groups, media and community influences his or her developmental outcome. Professionals working with children and students studying child sociology need to understand the effects of contexts in which children develop and how multi-factors interact to affect child development.
"[The text] is a great combination of providing an overview of families, different types of schools, and how to get involved in the community. It allows my students to show the effects of how families, schools and communities can work together for the better of the child."
"[The text is] a comprehensive sociological look at the ecology of the child. This text really utilizes the ecological model and makes it come alive."
Roberta Berns is a Professor Emerita at the University of California, Irvine, as well as Saddleback College, where she founded and chaired the Human Development Department. Berns also was a student of renowned developmental psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner at Cornell University. She lives in California with her husband, a professor of bioengineering. They have two children (one, an English professor and the other, a professor of neuroscience) and two grandchildren.
Part I: HOW DO ECOLOGY AND SOCIALIZATION IMPACT CHILD DEVELOPMENT? 1. Ecology of the Child. 2. Ecology of Socialization. PART II: WHERE AND HOW DOES SOCIALIZATION TAKE PLACE? 3. Ecology of the Family. 4. Ecology of Parenting. 5. Ecology of Nonparental Child Care. 6. Ecology of the School. 7. Ecology of Teaching. 8. Ecology of the Peer Group. 9. Ecology of the Mass Media. 10. Ecology of the Community. Part III: WHAT ARE THE DEVELOPMENTAL CONSEQUENCES OF SOCIALIZATION PROCESSES? 11. Emotional and Cognitive Socialization Outcomes. 12. Social and Behavioral Socialization Outcomes.