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ERIC Number: EJ1048693
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1449-6313
Middle Years Students' Experiences in Nature: A Case Study on Nature-Play
Francis, Marj; Paige, Kathy; Lloyd, David
Teaching Science, v59 n2 p20-30 Jun 2013
Increasingly, children today are becoming disconnected from the natural environments resulting in a diminished sense of self, place and community. In an attempt to find out their perceptions, attitudes and values about the natural world, twenty-five Year 6 and 7 students from a northern Adelaide primary school participated in a nature-play case study. The research revealed a number of issues which impact on the quality of nature interactions and experiences during their free-time activities. The key findings indicate that students need to have increased opportunity to access wild nature through a range of first-hand experiences in order to develop realistic concepts about where animals and plants are found in nature.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia