An Ecological Framework for Assessing Infant and Toddler Development: Revised and Expanded


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The term human ecology refers to the relations between developing persons and their social and nonsocial environment, and how person and environmental characteristics, both independently and in combination, influence child behavior and development. The purpose of this paper is to describe an ecological framework for assessing infant and toddler behavior and development. The proposed approach expands the typical purposes and functions of assessment to include the identification of factors accounting for variation in child behavior and functioning. The author describes a framework for conducting an ecological assessment of infant and toddler behavior and development as part of a child’s involvement in early childhood intervention.

Author: Carl J. Dunst
Published: 2008