Ecological Engagement

Urie Bronfenbrenner’s Method to Study Human Development

  • Silvia Helena Koller
  • Simone dos Santos Paludo
  • Normanda Araujo de Morais

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Ecological Engagement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Júlia Sursis Nobre Ferro Bucher-Maluschke
      Pages 3-12
    3. Laíssa Eschiletti Prati, Maria Clara P. de Paula Couto, Michele Poletto, Normanda Araujo de Morais, Simone dos Santos Paludo, Silvia Helena Koller
      Pages 29-48
    4. Vinicius Coscioni, Hivana Raelcia Rosa da Fonseca, Sílvia Helena Koller
      Pages 49-66
  3. Ecological Engagement in Different Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Edinete Maria Rosa, Célia Regina Rangel Nascimento, Ana Paula dos Santos, Carla Ramos da Silva Melo, Monica Rocha de Souza Nogueira
      Pages 87-101
    3. Larissa Morélia Sá Vieira Macêdo, Kalina Vanderlei Silva, Débora Maria dos Santos Pinheiro de Lima, Lygia Maria Pereira da Silva
      Pages 103-121
    4. Aline Cardoso Siqueira, Débora Dalbosco Dell’Aglio
      Pages 123-142
    5. Leila Said Assef Mendes, Fernando Augusto Ramos Pontes
      Pages 143-161
    6. Luciana Barbosa da Silva Vega, Simone dos Santos Paludo
      Pages 163-173
    7. Airi Macias Sacco, Silvia Helena Koller
      Pages 175-182
    8. Ana Paula Lazzaretti de Souza, Luciana Dutra-Thomé, Eva Diniz Bensaja dei Schiró, Camila de Aquino Morais, Silvia Helena Koller
      Pages 195-204
  4. Possibilities of Theoretical-Methodological Dialogues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. Simone Souza da Costa Silva, Fernando Augusto Ramos Pontes, Sarah Daniele Baia da Silva, Daniele Castro Reis, Leila Said Assef Mendes
      Pages 221-232
    3. Fernando Augusto Ramos Pontes, Simone Souza da Costa Silva, Celina Maria Colino Magalhães
      Pages 233-245
    4. Camila de Aquino Morais, Alexandra Borba, Silvia Helena Koller
      Pages 247-259
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 261-267

About this book


This book presents the method developed by Dr. Silvia Helena Koller and her students and collaborators to apply Urie Bronfenbrenner’s Bioecological Theory of Human Development to empirical studies with children and adolescents. Although Bronfenbrenner's theory, in different stages of development, has been widely cited by several researchers, surprisingly little has been written about the theory itself, its evolution or about the methods that should be used to test it. This book fills this gap by presenting both an overview of Bronfenbrenner’s theory and a method to apply it to empirical research, the Ecological Engagement method.

The book also shows how this method can be applied in practice by bringing together a series of research reports of studies carried out in different regions of Brazil and in Angola that used the Ecological Engagement method to study children and adolescent development in different contexts, such as street situation, sexual exploitation, institutional reception, family reintegration, school and emergency and disasters, among others.

Ecological Engagement – Urie Bronfenbrenner’s Method to Study Human Development will be a valuable tool for psychologists and other social scientists interested in child and adolescent development looking for a solid an innovative methodology that allows researchers to directly interact with their research subjects in their own social contexts in order to fully understand their problems and issues.  

“The methodology of Ecological Engagement, that is explained and richly empirically illustrated in this book, is a singularly significant extension of [Urie Bronfenbrenner’s] bioecological model.  Indeed, in my view it is a brilliant empirical instantiation of the PPCT component of the model. (…) Ecological Engagement methodology is the scientific means through which Urie’s legacy can be furthered.”Excerpt from the Foreword to the International Edition by Dr. Richard M. Lerner, director of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, Tufts University


Bioecological Theory of Human Development Urie Bronfenbrenner Human Development Child Development Adolescent Development Research Methods in Psychology Vulnerable Children Families At Risk Social Vulnerability

Editors and affiliations

  • Silvia Helena Koller
    • 1
  • Simone dos Santos Paludo
    • 2
  • Normanda Araujo de Morais
    • 3
  1. 1.North-West University Vanderbijlpark, South AfricaUniversidade Federal do Rio Grande do SulPorto AlegreBrazil
  2. 2.Universidade Federal do Rio GrandeRio GrandeBrazil
  3. 3.Universidade de FortalezaFortalezaBrazil

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