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Relational Ecosystems and Learning Power in Schools

From Bronfenbrenner’s (1979) ecological perspective, individuals and groups are always viewed as existing within ecosystemic contexts. We exist in biological ecologies and social ecologies immersed in eco-relationships. We find ourselves in human and biological ecological niches, life patterns, life spaces, and eco-relationships where life narratives are told. People exist in ecosystems, which are the interlocking influences operating at all levels of human life, from the individual, family, community, state, nation, world in terms of human ecosystems, and from the soil, plants, air, and entire life system in terms of the ecosystems where all life exits. Humans are not separate; human ecosystems are nested within life ecosystems that constitute a living ecosphere teeming with eco-relationships (see Appendix B).