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ERIC Number: EJ1044173
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0814-0626
Childrens' Conceptions of Nature
Payne, Phillip
Australian Journal of Environmental Education, v30 n1 p68-75 Jul 2014
This paper describes a study of sixth grade children's conceptions of nature and the environment. In so doing, it asks that environmental educators pay more attention to children's preconceived notions of environment and nature. Should this occur the theory-practice gap in environmental education may be diminished. Learners' concept of "nature" and the "environment" provide a needed perspective for the development of individually and contextually appropriate teaching and learning strategies in environmental education. Without knowledge of them it is not clear whose version of environment it is which the learner is being educated "in", "about", "with" or "for".
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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