Children and Young People’s Experience of the Natural World: Teachers’ Perceptions and Observations
2012 (English)In: Australian Journal of Environmental Education, ISSN 0814-0626 (print); 2049-775X (online), Vol. 28, no 1, 1-16 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study explores the observations and perceptions of environmental ed ucation centre officers and teachers regarding children’s experiences with nature. The study also explores the officers’ and teachers’ perceptions of the potential of using nature experiences in environmental education. A thematic analysis of data from interviews with 13 officers and 8 high school teachers in Sydney, Australia, revealed a widely held perception that children and young people have limited experience with natural set tings in nature reserves and national parks. The interviewees suggested that although their students were interested in learning in natural set tings, many were uncomfortable, afraid, and only had a vicarious under standing of Australian ecology, flora and fauna. The participants’ view of the potential of nature experiences was twofold: nature experiences were fundamental for developing a connection with nature and establishing environmental concern, and experiences in nature facilitated ecological knowle ge, which was considered to be a component of understanding and developing place identity in the Australian environment.
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Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. Vol. 28, no 1, 1-16 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-81316DOI: 10.1017/aee.2012.2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-81316DiVA: diva2:551517