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Develecology: The Science of How Our Ecosystem Shapes Our Development

09/28/2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Everyone knows that people are influenced by their environment. All living organisms adapt to the experiences they have in their ecosystem. Developmental psychologists use an ecological perspective to explain how our development is shaped by the transactions we have with the ecosystem we participate in. Come to this café and we will explore what features of the human ecosystem are particularly important in the processes of development.


Lawrence G. Shelton is Associate Professor in the Human Development and Family Studies program at UVM. He attended Harvard College and earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Child Psychology at the University of Minnesota. His recent book is an introduction to the field of Develecology, based on the work of Urie Bronfenbrenner. He teaches, writes and lectures on a wide range of topics, illustrating the use of develecology to understand current issues in development, families and communities.

What is a Virtual Teen Science Café? It is a free, fun way for teens to explore science, engineering and technology with local scientists, engineers and technology experts. Teens will “meet a scientist”, learn about their work, and be able to participate in informal discussions.

Questions? Contact lauren.traister@uvm.edu

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the 4-H Office at 802-888-4972 or lauren.traister@uvm.edu

by September 7, 2021 so we may assist you.




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