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ERIC Number: EJ1195529
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0814-0626
Ecological Identity, Empathy, and Experiential Learning: A Young Child's Explorations of a Nearby River
Humphreys, Chloe; Blenkinsop, Sean
Australian Journal of Environmental Education, v34 n2 p143-158 Jul 2018
This article uses an unconventional format to explore the role of parent and nature and the development of a young child's ecological identity. It follows journal entries from a mother observing her young son, Julian, as he explores, interacts with, and learns from the Stawamus River on the west coast of British Columbia. By creating questions, discussing and analysing these written observations, we explore the role of parenting and nature and the implications this might have for environmental education. Some of the ideas explored in this article include early ecological identity, empathy, relational existence, experiential learning, and affordances in the natural world. We further suggest that nature and parent working together might become key educators for a child.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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