n. a less-than-traditional approach to the study of intelligence. This theory recognizes the role of society and the environment in shaping human intelligence. In fact, intelligence may be a biological disposition which develops within the environment. Attributed to U.S. psychologist Stephen Ceci (1950- ).
BIOECOLOGICAL THEORY OF INTELLIGENCE: "Ceci's Bioecological Theory of Intelligence discusses how society shapes intelligence and how intelligence is just as developed in non-Western societies."