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ERIC Number: EJ953458
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 75
ISSN: ISSN-1350-4622
Enhancing College Students' Environmental Sensibilities through Online Nature Journaling
Arnold, Gwen
Environmental Education Research, v18 n1 p133-150 2012
The increasing alienation of today's children from the environment has been termed "nature-deficit disorder". Research suggests this disconnect can adversely impact young people's physical and psychological well-being. This paper explores whether online multimedia journaling about nature can increase the amount of time students spend outdoors, enhancing their environmental awareness and changing their nature-related perceptions. Students in a 60-person introductory environmental studies course at a large midwestern public university in the United States completed weekly online multimedia nature journals for one semester. A survey assessed their experiences. The median survey respondent spent an additional 11-20 minutes outdoors weekly. Seventy-four percent of respondents said that the project increased their awareness of nature, 68% said it changed the way they thought about nature, and 56% said it increased their interest in spending time outdoors. Though these findings are promising, there are some theoretical reasons for questioning their depth and duration. (Contains 4 notes and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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