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ERIC Number: EJ1117938
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1350-4622
Bringing the Jellyfish Home: Environmental Consciousness and "Sense of Wonder" in Young Children's Encounters with Natural Landscapes and Places
Jørgensen, Kari-Anne
Environmental Education Research, v22 n8 p1139-1157 2016
The over-arching aim of this study was to elucidate and interpret topics that are relevant to how we understand children's experiences and creation of meaning in natural landscapes and places within these landscapes. Following two nature-kindergarten groups regularly over ten months, the data for this ethnographic study consist of constructed narratives and narrative maps. Key topics relate to children's multi-sensory experiences and the development of environmental consciousness, and their "sense of wonder" as a driving force for exploration, interpretation and creation of meaning. Implications of the study for discourses of environmental education in the early years and local practices of taking children into nature are also discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway
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