ERIC Number: ED369558
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
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Children's Special Places: Exploring the Role of Forts, Dens, and Bush Houses in Middle Childhood.
This book describes a study of childhood experiences with creating personal space in the outdoors, the role these spaces play in children's evolving sense of self, and implications of place-making for education. Chapter 1 describes the author's personal interests that led to the study, the study population, and the way in which each study site was chosen. Chapter 2 describes specific examples of children's spaces from England and Carriacou in the West Indies, data collection techniques, and patterns that began to surface in the data. Chapter 3 includes a portrayal of the role these places play during middle childhood in helping foster and shape the unique self that emerges in adolescence. Joseph Chilton Pearce's model of development is examined, a Jungian perspective is applied to the child place-making phenomenon, and the speculations of researcher Roger Hart on place-making are examined in light of this Jungian perspective. Adult perspectives of the role these places play are examined in chapter 4 by means of interviews and a literature review. Chapter 5 presents working examples of elementary school curricula that translate children's place-making interests into projects that expand their sense of self and their knowledge of the social and natural world. Chapter 6 reflects on the significance of the development of a sense of place in the natural world for children and society. (MCO)
Descriptors: Child Development, Childhood Interests, Children, Developmental Stages, Elementary Education, Environmental Education, Foreign Countries, Individual Development, Play, Preadolescents, Psychological Needs, Socialization
Zephyr Press, P.O. Box 13448, 3316 North Chapel Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85732-3448 ($17.95).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Books
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)