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Chawla, Louise – NAMTA Journal, 2014
Louise Chawla's autobiographical beginning of this article shows the integration of her world-famous science of the environment and its relationship to early and middle childhood development as it finds its roots in Montessori education. Her academic training brought her to Edith Cobb's writing and unveiled the origins of kinship to the natural…
Descriptors: Ecology, Montessori Method, Natural Resources, Environment
Chawla, Louise – NAMTA Journal, 2013
With delicate literary style and allusions, Louise Chawla combines her ecological research and Montessori background to portray the unfolding of childhood in natural places. Starting with "enchantment with the world" as the basis for nature education for the child under six, the article suggests that the "loose parts" in the…
Descriptors: Ecology, Role Models, Literary Genres, Activism
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Chawla, Louise – NAMTA Journal, 2003
Combines insights from ecological research and Montessori theory and practice to portray the unfolding of childhood in natural places. Suggests that children's manipulation of the landscape results in optimal creative involvement. Maintains that the act of finding favorite places in all weather, combined with a positive role model, leads to…
Descriptors: Child Development, Childhood Attitudes, Children, Educational Theories
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Chawla, Louise – NAMTA Journal, 2002
Weaves theoretical concepts of Maria Montessori and Edith Cobb to suggest that a moral, meaningful life is influenced by early contact with nature in which adults draw children's attention to its value. Suggests that nature is the prepared environment fostering cosmic harmony and asserts that educators should provide opportunities for early…
Descriptors: Adult Child Relationship, Child Role, Children, Early Experience
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Chawla, Louise; Hart, Roger A. – NAMTA Journal, 1995
Presents a conceptual model of how young children learn about the physical environment, reviewing theories concerning environmental cognition and moral development. Notes that children in developed nations receive much of their information about the environment from the media and are often exposed to conflicting viewpoints about the natural world.…
Descriptors: Childhood Attitudes, Cognitive Development, Conservation (Environment), Developed Nations