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ERIC Number: EJ863602
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-0145
The Ecology of Hope: Natural Guides to Building a Children and Nature Movement
Charles, Cheryl
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v18 n6 p467-475 Dec 2009
Cheryl Charles, Ph.D gave the 2009 Paul F-Brandwein Lecture. The lecture addresses the impact of children's disconnect from the natural world in their everyday lives. Co-founder of the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) with Richard Louv, author of "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder" (2005/2008), the author describes C&NN's approach to building a movement to reconnect children and nature for their health and well-being. She puts the growth of the movement in recent historical perspective, chronicling relevant contributing factors. Drawing on research as well as common sense, she summarizes evidence that indicates some of the negative impacts on children's health from their lack of contact with nature and other characteristics of contemporary lifestyles, as well as positive benefits to children's cognitive, emotional, social and physical development from direct learning and play in nature-based settings. She describes what she calls "natural guides" to building the children and nature movement as a part of the process of achieving sufficient critical mass to facilitate positive social change. Finally, she offers recommendations for actions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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