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ERIC Number: EJ784120
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Childhood in the Garden: A Place to Encounter Natural and Social Diversity
Nimmo, John; Hallett, Beth
Young Children, v63 n1 p32-38 Jan 2008
Environmentalists talk about the natural world and dream of spaces that belong to nature and should be entered, like hiking in the woods, on nature's terms. Another natural space, the garden, is a familiar place tamed by humans to serve social purposes such as growing food. But it has the potential to bring young children into meaningful contact with the diversity of nature and society. In this article, the authors explore the important role of the garden in children's learning. As a teacher educator/center director (John) and a preschool teacher (Beth), they share images that frame their adventures in the garden with children and draw from their broader goals for children--about who they are and how they learn about their world. Through these stories they explore the garden as a place for many possibilities: play and inquiry, safe risk taking, the building of relationships, and deeper understandings of diversity. The reciprocal learning observed in children's interactions with nature and people convinces them of its importance in sustaining society's commitment to the early years. (Contains 16 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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