Amos N. Wilson

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Amos N. Wilson was born September 19, 1941 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, his masters at The New School of Social Research, and his doctorate at Fordham University both in New York. Wilson was a former social worker, counselor, author, training administrator and assistant professor of psychology at the University of New York Wilson. Wilson is the author of several books that compared different races and self-perception throughout the African American community; he believed that the African American child was special and several aspects and needed to be brought up in an environment that catered to the “black” learning styles. Wilson, an African American psychiatrist…show more content…
Bronfenbrenner completed a double major in psychology and music at Cornell University before receiving his masters at Harvard University and doctorate in developmental psychology from the University of Michigan. Bronfenbrenner developed an ecological system theory to describe children’s growth and development by being impacted by their environment. His theory was that the microsystem: what the child lives in for example, immediate family and caregivers; and the mesosystem: different parts of a child both work for the sake of that child. Bronfenbrenner also notes that caregivers should take an active role in child’s school to ensure overall growth. The exosystem consists of other people and areas that the child may or may not interact with for example, if the child parents get laid off it can negatively impact the child; the macrosystem: the largest set of people and things which include relative freedoms, cultural values and the economy. By using the ecological system theory Bronfenbrenner summed up the fact that each one of the systems contain norms and roles that impact how one may grow up and develop a certain perception based of what we were accustomed to whether it was negative…show more content…
Though not directly stated, Wilson’s work points to the microsystem, which consists of family, friends, classmates, teachers, neighbors and other people who have a direct contact being the sole environment in which the child learns. However, due to the fact that the child’s environment most likely didn’t develop under circumstances fit for the African mind, the cycle just continues. The child’s family doesn’t know how to successfully teach the child because their parents didn’t know how to successfully teach them; the child’s friends come from similar backgrounds so nothing new is being iterated to the child; the child’s classmates and teachers are all learning and teaching from a Eurocentric point of view which further hinders the child from developing; and the neighbors are more than likely products of similar inadequate developmental histories. In conclusion, Bronfenbrenner believes that there are 6 different environments from which a child gains his/her knowledge and develops. Wilson concludes that although environments play a key role in which the child develops, the “black” child is at a continuous disadvantage because the environments in which they learn and develop are suited for children

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