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Presentation
Listening to Children: Perceptions of Nature and Biophilia at Mountain School
Secondary Education
  • Donald J. Burgess, Western Washington University
  • Jolie Mayer-Smith, University of British Columbia
Document Type
Poster
Publication Date
7-1-2012
Keywords
  • Biophilia,
  • Children's perceptions of nature
Abstract

This exploratory study investigates children’s perceptions and experiences of nature during a residential outdoor environmental education program and contributes to an understanding of how nature experiences arouse biophilia, a love of life and all living things.

How can we promote a responsible attitude and caring view of the earth and its inhabitants among young people? Limited research suggests that contact with the natural world, especially during middle childhood, occupies a surprisingly important place in a child’s emotional responsiveness and receptivity.

Sponsorship/Conference/Institution
5th Annual International Conference of the Ecosystems Services Partnership (ESP), Conference 2012: Ecosystem Services Come of Age: Linking Science, Policy, and Participation for Sustainable Human Well-being
Location
Portland, Oregon
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Nature study; Children and the environment--Study and teaching
Genre/Form
posters
Type
text
Language
English
Format
application/pdf
Citation Information
Donald J. Burgess and Jolie Mayer-Smith. "Listening to Children: Perceptions of Nature and Biophilia at Mountain School" (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/donald-burgess/13/