Author: ROBERT B. BECHTEL, ARZA CHURCHMAN
RESEARCHERS IN A WIDE VARIETY of fields—including
those interested in the study of environment behavior relations—have increasingly emphasized the role of context in human functioning. It may be worthwhile for those of us interested in environment behavior research to review some systematic approaches to context as a means for identifying new research problems and for advancing our theoretical perspectives, which may have practical implications for improving the functioning of human beings in their everyday life environments. Accordingly, we shall examine the notion of “context” as treated in the literature; then we shall examine its use in our holistic, developmental, systems-oriented perspective; and finally we shall consider the application of our contextual notions to environment behavior research problems.
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