Pub. date: 2005 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950565 | Print ISBN: 9780761928201 | Online ISBN: 9781412950565| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Stephen F. Hamilton & Tom Luster
Urie Bronfenbrenner has had a profound, enduring, and generative influence on our understanding of human development. As a teacher, he has influenced generations of Cornell University students. Many of his students have gone on to earn distinction as scholars in their own right. His introductory course in human development was so popular that only Cornell's concert hall could hold all the students, and some years they spilled over into a second lecture hall connected via closed-circuit TV. Among the many thousands of students who took that course, some who became social scientists credit him with teaching them how to design research when they were freshmen. His teaching extends to detailed critiques on work in progress that he generously provides to colleagues and young scholars on campus and around the world. Born in Moscow in 1917 and emigrating to the United States at the age of 6, Bronfenbrenner has retained his ...