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Children S Environmental Identity Development

Author : Carie Green
ISBN : 1433131994
Genre : Science
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Children's Environmental Identity Development: Negotiating Inner and Outer Tensions in Natural World Socialization proposes a theoretical framework for considering how children's identity in/with/for nature evolves through formative experiences.
Category: Science

Environmental Identity Development In A Rural Southcentral Alaska Elementary School Birding Club

Author : Katie M. Wallace
ISBN : OCLC:1164725013
Genre : After-school programs
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Research suggests that birding may help children develop a healthy relation with the natural world, but no prior studies have explicitly explored how children experience environmental identity development in birding clubs. The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to investigate the environmental identity development of 3rd grade children participating in an after-school birding club within a rural, isolated island community in southcentral Alaska. Environmental identity is the way that individuals perceive themselves with regards to their environment. As environmental identity develops, children are faced with a series of tensions at the different stages of the model. These stages include trust in nature versus mistrust in nature, spatial autonomy versus environmental shame, environmental competency versus environmental disdain, and environmental action versus environmental harm. Children taking part in this study conducted Sensory Tours at birding club. The Sensory Tours involved children wearing video recorders on their bodies as they went about their activities. The video recorders captured children's interactions with one another and with their environment during the outdoor portions of birding club. Afterwards, in what is referred to as video-stimulated recall, the children met as a group to discuss the video data they collected. Data gained from the Sensory Tours and videostimulated recall were sorted into categories based on the different stages of the environmental identity model. The results indicated that the children established trust in nature prior to entering birding club, which is to say that they felt a level of comfort and familiarity with the outdoors. The exception to this was that brown bears made most children feel uncomfortable, which resulted in some disrespectful behavior towards bears. The children also had negative perceptions of pushki due to the plant's capacity to cause rashes, even though the plant has beneficial uses as well. Spatial autonomy, or the sense of freedom and independence in nature, was supported when children climbed boulders and developed their own methods for navigating boardwalks and descending stairs. Children gained environmental competency from birding club in the form of new knowledge and skills related to birding in the outdoors. These included the ability to identify birds by sight and sound, nest search, identify pushki, and pack for the outdoors. Opportunities for children to care for the environment by engaging in environmental action were limited, although the children did decorate birdhouses and learned to maintain a respectful distance from wildlife. Some children were conflicted about whether or not picking salmonberry flowers constituted environmental harm. In future years, more emphasis should be placed on educating children about living in harmony with brown bears, harvesting salmonberries sustainably, and the traditional uses of pushki. Birding club should also include more structured opportunities for children to engage in action for the environment. This will support children as they continue to form deeper connections between themselves and their environment. Finally, the results of this study have numerous applications for teaching environmental education in the general education classroom. They indicate that teachers should assess students based on their environmental identity development, explicitly teach perseverance and empathy to students, provide students with a greater sense of agency in their schoolwork, and encourage relationship building in the classroom.
Category: After-school programs

International Journal Of Early Childhood Environmental Education Ijecee Volume 7 Number 3

Author : Yash Bhagwanji
ISBN : 9798675617340
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A peer-reviewed open-access electronic journal promoting early childhood environmental education for global readership and action, The International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education (IJECEE) publishes scholarly written works pertinent to the education of all young children (birth to eight years). Articles include book reviews, educational approaches, evaluation models, program descriptions, research investigations, and theoretical perspectives-all anonymously and expertly peer-reviewed. Articles in this issue include: Editorial Note--IJECEE Special Issue Call for Abstracts: Sustainable Development Goals and Early Childhood Environmental Education--Awareness, Understanding, and Transformation by Victoria Carr, University of Cincinnati, USA; Sue Elliott, University of New England, Australia; & Eva Ärlemalm-Hagsér, Mälardalen University, Sweden; Research--Supporting school readiness naturally: Exploring executive function growth in nature preschools by Jenna Zamzow, Little Hawks Discovery Preschool, USA & Julie Ernst, University of Minnesota Duluth, USA; Beyond traditional school readiness: How nature preschools help prepare children for academic success by Eva Burgess, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, USA & Julie Ernst, University of Minnesota Duluth, USA; Balancing outdoor learning and play: Adult perspectives of teacher roles in an outdoor classroom by Joshua Hunter, Kristina Brodal Syversen, Cherie Graves, & Anne Bodensteiner, University South Dakota, USA; Fathers' roles, attitudes, and practices regarding tree climbing by Carla Cull, Suzanne Levenson Goldstein, & Tricia Rosengarten, University of Phoenix, USA; and Book Review--Carie Green's Children's Environmental Identity Development by Carla Gull, University of Phoenix, USA

Young Children And Nature

Author : Ashley Elise Parsons
ISBN : OCLC:731001042
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Play is a pivotal part of a child's life. Outdoor play fosters opportunities for creativity, imagination, social connections, and learned behaviors. There are two types of outdoor playscapes: natural and constructed. Natural playscapes offer sensory stimulation and physical diversity which is critical for childhood experiences outdoors. Through careful design, constructed playscapes can be greened to simulate natural playscapes. Greening is the integration of natural elements and processes in a playscape. Children's direct social and individual experiences in nature in early to middle childhood during the "developmental window of opportunity" between the ages of three and twelve years help shape their environmental identity and guide their environmental actions. Outdoor play in greened playscapes has a positive effect on children's social development, motor skill development, attention, and activity level. It also can provide children with experiences in naturalistic landscapes which could impact their morals, values and actions. School yards have the ability to assist in teaching children and act as a safe-haven where parental concerns for safety and risk do not inhibit play. Understanding the relationships between play, experiences in nature, environmental identity, the health, learning, attention, and development benefits of outdoor play, and the evolution of playscape design, a series of guidelines can be created to provide better childhood playscapes.

Spaces For Children

Author : T.G. David
ISBN : 9781468452273
Genre : Psychology
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As a developmental psychologist with a strong interest in children's re sponse to the physical environment, I take particular pleasure in writing a foreword to the present volume. It provides impressive evidence of the con cern that workers in environmental psychology and environmental design are displaying for the child as a user of the designed environment and indi cates a recognition of the need to apply theory and findings from develop mental and environmental psychology to the design of environments for children. This seems to me to mark a shift in focus and concern from the earlier days of the interaction between environmental designers and psy chologists that occurred some two decades ago and provided the impetus for the establishment of environmental psychology as a subdiscipline. Whether because children-though they are consumers of designed environments are not the architect's clients or because it seemed easier to work with adults who could be asked to make ratings of environmental spaces and comment on them at length, a focus on the child in interaction with en vironments was comparatively slow in developing in the field of environ ment and behavior. As the chapters of the present volume indicate, that situation is no longer true today, and this is a change that all concerned with the well-being and optimal functioning of children will welcome.
Category: Psychology

Conceptualizing Environmental Citizenship For 21st Century Education

Author : Andreas Ch Hadjichambis
ISBN : 9783030202491
Genre : Electronic books
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This open access book is about the development of a common understanding of environmental citizenship. It conceptualizes and frames environmental citizenship taking an educational perspective. Organized in four complementary parts, the book first explains the political, economic and societal dimensions of the concept. Next, it examines environmental citizenship as a psychological concept with a specific focus on knowledge, values, beliefs and attitudes. It then explores environmental citizenship within the context of environmental education and education for sustainability. It elaborates responsible environmental behaviour, youth activism and education for sustainability through the lens of environmental citizenship. Finally, it discusses the concept within the context of different educational levels, such as primary and secondary education in formal and non-formal settings. Environmental citizenship is a key factor in sustainability, green and cycle economy, and low-carbon society, and an important aspect in addressing global environmental problems. It has been an influential concept in many different arenas such as economy, policy, philosophy, and organizational marketing. In the field of education, the concept could be better exploited and established, however. Education and, especially, environmental discourses in science education have a great deal to contribute to the adoption and promotion of environmental citizenship.
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Identity And The Natural Environment

Author : Chair of Environmental Studies Susan Clayton
ISBN : 0262532069
Genre : Psychology
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Theory-based, empirical studies of the ways in which our sense of identity affects and is affected by our relationship with nature, and the implications for more effective environmental policy.
Category: Psychology

A Narrative Inquiry Into The Use Of Nature Based Therapy Material In Children S Identity Development

Author : Shireen Thomas-Stark
ISBN : OCLC:1060605855
Genre : Child psychotherapy
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A need to develop creative practices in child therapy, which address elements of environmental and therapeutic sustainability, is evident. Practices that are accessible, affordable, adaptable, and cross cultural offer therapeutic options that are applicable in a range of contexts. This study explored the potential for nature-based material used in therapy, to facilitate narrative identity development. The therapy process preceding the study entailed the use of an Embodiment Projective Role (EPR) ideas for narrative play therapy, incorporating nature as metaphorical material in exploring identity. As a descriptive qualitative study the collaborative narrative inquiry allowed for an account of identity development through the co creation of a significant statement of self research document. The inquiry into six children's identity documents, differing in age and gender, yielded intentional states of being as identity conclusions. Statements of what was done, statements of knowledge about self, and statements of how their identity informed decision making, were made. Identity conclusions were reached by every participant and the knowledge that was co created resulted in rich feelings across all participants. Participants acknowledged the sustainability of the therapeutic process through concrete natural reminders. When engaging in revisiting conversations with their caregivers, it was evident that each participant had experienced changes that enriched their daily life experiences following the research. The research fulfilled objectives of contributing knowledge of alternative, sustainable therapeutic resources and creates opportunities for continued research and practice in narrative nature based play therapy.
Category: Child psychotherapy

Teaching For Social Justice And Sustainable Development Across The Primary Curriculum

Author : Anne Marie Kavanagh
ISBN : 9781000360233
Genre : Education
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This volume supports educators in integrating meaningful education for social justice and sustainability across a wide range of curricular subjects by drawing on educational theory, innovative pedagogical approaches and creative ideas for teaching and learning. Both practical and theoretical in its approach, it addresses subject areas ranging from mathematics to visual arts to language teaching. Chapters provide subject entry points for teachers seeking to embed social justice and sustainability principles and pedagogies into their work. Transferable across various areas of learning, a range of pedagogical approaches are exemplified, ranging from inquiry approaches to ethical dilemmas to critical relational pedagogies. Ready-to-use teaching exemplars, activities and resources address issues which are of interest and relevance to children’s lives, including gender stereotyping, racism, heterosexism, climate change and species extinction. Practical guidance is provided on how to engage children in dialogue and reflection on these complex issues in a safe and ethical way. This accessible and unique volume is essential reading for student teachers, teachers, educational leaders, teacher educators and anyone interested in inspiring children to work towards creating a more socially just and sustainable world.
Category: Education

Education In Times Of Environmental Crises

Author : Ken Winograd
ISBN : 9781317371779
Genre : Education
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The core assumption of this book is the interconnectedness of humans and nature, and that the future of the planet depends on humans’ recognition and care for this interconnectedness. This comprehensive resource supports the work of pre-service and practicing elementary teachers as they teach their students to be part of the world as engaged citizens, advocates for social and ecological justice. Challenging readers to more explicitly address current environmental issues with students in their classrooms, the book presents a diverse set of topics from a variety of perspectives. Its broad social/cultural perspective emphasizes that social and ecological justice are interrelated. Coverage includes descriptions of environmental education pedagogies such as nature-based experiences and place-based studies; peace-education practices; children doing environmental activism; and teachers supporting children emotionally in times of climate disruption and tumult. The pedagogies described invite student engagement and action in the public sphere. Children are represented as ‘agents of change’ engaged in social and environmental issues and problems through their actions both local and global.
Category: Education

Children And Families In The Social Environment

Author : James Garbarino
ISBN : 9781351528962
Genre : Social Science
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The first edition of this volume successfully applied Bronfenbrenner's "micro-systems" taxonomy to childrearing and family life. Emphasizing how forces in the environment influence children's behavior, Garbarino has staked out an intermediate position between the psychoanalytic and the systems approach to human development. Taking cognizance of new research and of changes in American society, Garbarino has once again carefully analyzed the importance of children's social relationships. For this wholly revised second edition, he has incorporated a greater emphasis on ethnic, cultural, and racial issues.
Category: Social Science

Researching Early Childhood Education For Sustainability

Author : Sue Elliott
ISBN : 9780429822674
Genre : Education
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This book captures the now burgeoning research field of early childhood education for sustainability (ECEfS) and comprises insights from an ever-widening and diverse pool of researchers, who are promoting, engaging, and explaining the latest ECEfS research in the light of local, national, and United Nations global policy directives. With the increasing urgency of global climate disruptions, resource depletions, and biodiversity losses alongside greater human dislocation, the international scope of research and theory in this book provides a comprehensive guide to the role of sustainability in early childhood education, at a time when it is needed more than ever. Elliott, Ärlemalm-Hagsér, and Davis have brought together a collection of studies that offer new insights and approaches to ECEfS which challenge dominant narratives surrounding early childhood education and sustainability, including topics such as: how diverse worldviews and cultures challenge perceptions of sustainability; how bold national early education policies and urgent shifts in teacher education are imperative for driving transformative practices; and, how ECEfS curriculum and pedagogy can be incorporated successfully into early years settings. This book will both inspire researchers and more deeply enable early years’ educators to practise sustainability with children, and so will be of great interest to scholars, lecturers, and researchers, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students, across the increasingly intersecting fields of sustainability and early childhood education.
Category: Education

Teaching And Learning Practices That Promote Sustainable Development And Active Citizenship

Author : Saúde, Sandra
ISBN : 9781799844037
Genre : Education
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The profound changes that we are experiencing at the political, environmental, economic, social, and cultural levels of our “postmodern” society pose immense challenges to education. In order to empower students to analyze, reflect, and take action for a sustainable world, the learning and educational process must be experienced in the context of citizenship; that is, it must be designed, planned, and implemented having global sustainability as a framework, thus developing societal awareness, values, and principles. Teaching and Learning Practices That Promote Sustainable Development and Active Citizenship is an essential research book that provides comprehensive research on education as a fundamental factor in empowering citizens to understand and act on the multiple risks and challenges to the sustainability of our society and world. Highlighting a range of critical learning strategies such as global and critical education, development education, and transformational education, among others, this book is ideal for academicians, education professionals, researchers, policymakers, and students.
Category: Education

Conservation Psychology

Author : Susan Clayton
ISBN : 9781444356410
Genre : Science
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This textbook introduces the reader to the new and emerging field of Conservation Psychology, which explores connections between the study of human behavior and the achievement of conservation goals. People are often cast as villains in the story of environmental degradation, seen primarily as a threat to healthy ecosystems and an obstacle to conservation. But humans are inseparable from natural ecosystems. Understanding how people think about, experience, and interact with nature is crucial for promoting environmental sustainability as well as human well-being. The book first summarizes theory and research on human cognitive, emotional, and behavioral responses to nature and goes on to review research on people's experience of nature in wild, managed, and urban settings. Finally, it examines ways to encourage conservation-oriented behavior at both individual and societal levels. Throughout, the authors integrate a wide body of published literature to demonstrate how and why psychology is relevant to promoting a more sustainable relationship between humans and nature.
Category: Science

Conservation Psychology

Author : Susan Clayton
ISBN : 9781118874646
Genre : Nature
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People are inseparable from natural ecosystems, and understanding how people think about, experience, and interact with nature is crucial for promoting environmental sustainability as well as human well-being. This is the new edition of what is now the leading textbook in conservation psychology, the field that explores connections between the study of human behavior and the achievement of conservation goals. Completely updated, this book summarizes theory and research on ways in which humans experience nature; it explores people’s conceptions of nature and environmental problems, their relationship with nature, and their moral lenses on nature; and examines ways to encourage conservation-oriented behavior at both individual and societal levels. Throughout, the authors integrate a wide body of research demonstrating the role of psychology in promoting a more sustainable relationship between humans and nature. New sections cover human perceptions of environmental problems, new examples of community-based conservation, and a “positive psychology” perspective that emphasizes the relevance of nature to human resilience. Additional references are to be found throughout this edition along with some new examples and a reorganisation of chapters in response to reader feedback. This fascinating volume is used for teaching classes to senior undergraduate and graduate students of Conservation Psychology, Environmental Psychology and Conservation Science in departments of Psychology, Geography, Environmental Science, and Ecology and Evolution. It is equally suitable as a starting point for other researchers and practitioners - psychologists, conservation biologists, environmental scientists, and policy-makers - needing to know more about how psychological research can inform their conservation work.
Category: Nature

The Oxford Handbook Of Moral Development

Author : Lene Arnett Jensen
ISBN : 9780190676063
Genre : Psychology
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The nature of people's moral lives, the similarities and differences in the moral concepts of individuals and groups, and how these concepts emerge in the course of human development are topics of perennial interest. In recent years, the field of moral development has turned from a focus on a limited set of theories to a refreshingly vast array of research questions and methods. This handbook offers a comprehensive, international, and up-to-date review of this research on moral development. Drawing together the work of over 90 authors, hailing from diverse disciplines such as anthropology, education, human development, psychology and sociology, the handbook reflects the dynamic nature of the field. Across more than 40 chapters, this handbook opens the door to a broad view of moral motives and behaviors, ontogeny and developmental pathways, and contexts that children, adolescents, and adults experience with respect to morality. It offers a comprehensive and timely tour of the field of moral development.
Category: Psychology

Greening The Children Of God

Author : Chad Michael Rimmer
ISBN : 9781532653308
Genre : Religion
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Greening the Children of God uncovers the theological roots of the growing ethical imperative to reconnect children to their natural environment. Theologians emphasize the sacramental nature of embedding our lives in creation. Environmental educators emphasize knowledge of local biology. Psychologists emphasize the morally pro-formative experience of care between biodiverse creatures. Together they affirm that knowing their place in the natural environment helps a child develop an intersubjective “ecological” identity that nurtures virtues of mutuality and care. During the Scientific Revolution this ethical harmony was threatened as science and moral theology began to adopt different epistemological methods. Seventeenth-century Anglican priest and poet Thomas Traherne was prescient of the consequences of this divorce and insisted that education should promote a child’s attention to the moral dimensions woven into “the tapestry of creation.” Traherne professed that play, wonder, and a sensory relationship to diverse creatures play a pedagogical role in a child’s moral formation. Greening the Children of God establishes the contemporary significance of Traherne’s moral theory in conversation with child psychologists, educators, philosophers, and theologians who know that cultivating a place-based relationship to the local ecology helps children perceive creation’s deep mutuality and develop a moral identity in the image of a caring Creator.
Category: Religion

Advances In Child Development And Behavior

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ISBN : 9780128003152
Genre : Psychology
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Volume 46 of Advances in Child Development and Behavior includes chapters that highlight some the most recent research in this area. A wide array of topics are discussed in detail, including internalization and socialization, infants' discovery of structure, adolescents' theories of the commons, lesbian and gay parenting, early childhood and family interventions, predicting aggression, causal inference in early development, pubertal development, the impact on children of parental deployment to war, vocabulary development for English learners in the early grades, and adaptive tool-use in early childhood. Each chapter provides in-depth discussions, and this volume serves as an invaluable resource for developmental or educational psychology researchers, scholars, and students. Chapters highlight some of the most recent research in the area A wide array of topics are discussed in detail
Category: Psychology