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Longbottom, Sarah E.; Slaughter, Virginia – Early Education and Development, 2016
Research Findings: An emerging consensus is that casual, direct contact with nature influences the development of children's biological knowledge. Here we review the existing literature on this topic, focusing on the effects of (a) rural versus urban rearing environments and (b) pet ownership and care on children's biological concepts and…
Descriptors: Biology, Knowledge Level, Rural Urban Differences, Place of Residence
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Ampartzaki, Maria; Kalogiannakis, Michail – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2016
In an attempt to understand the natural world's phenomena, young children form their perceptions of different aspects of the macrocosm, which they contrast with new scientific concepts. This process calls for an early intervention that will provide the stimuli and the tools for the development of new concepts, ideas, and cognitive structures. The…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Early Childhood Education, Scientific Concepts, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Ponomarenko, Yelena V.; Zholdasbekova, Bibisara A.; Balabekov, Aidarhan T.; Kenzhebekova, Rabiga I.; Yessaliyev, Aidarbek A.; Larchenkova, Liudmila A. – International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 2016
The article discusses the positive impact of an environmentally responsible individual as the social unit able to live in harmony with the natural world, himself/herself and other people. The purpose of the article is to provide theoretical substantiation of modern teaching methods. The authors considered the experience of philosophy, psychology,…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Environmental Education, Personality Traits, Conservation (Environment)
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Williams, Corrie Colvin; Chawla, Louise – Environmental Education Research, 2016
This paper explores experiences that remained salient in the memories of former participants in three nature-based programs in Colorado, five to forty years after childhood involvement. Interviews with program founders and staff, archival research, and observations of current activities provided an understanding of each program's history, mission…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Environmental Education, Interviews, Administrator Attitudes
Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement, 2016
The Canoemobile program serves as a floating classroom that provides fun and engaging, water-based activities to connect urban youth to the natural world through hands-on, outdoor learning on local waterways in cities across America. The results of the program evaluation suggest that Canoemobile is meeting its primary objectives of engaging…
Descriptors: Urban Youth, Physical Environment, Outdoor Education, Adventure Education
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Blakemore, Megan – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Makerspaces, collaborative workspaces stocked with materials and tools for creating, building, designing, and learning, are becoming more and more common in schools and, in particular, in school libraries. Makerspaces in the school library allow for connections between making and literacy. Indeed, such connections are authentic and natural as…
Descriptors: Reading Skills, Reading Strategies, Critical Reading, Critical Thinking
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Dakin, Mary Ellen; Eatough, David Lowell; Turchon, Andrew – English Journal, 2011
There is a need to establish and nurture a relationship between urban and suburban students and the natural world. This relationship needs to be personal and immediate. They need to see the wilder life that survives and sometimes flourishes in "their" world--not miles away in the hills and mountains or hidden beneath the sea, but outside…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, English Teachers, Teacher Collaboration, Science Teachers
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Bordelon, Deborah E.; Sexton, Colleen M.; Vendrely, Ann M. – Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2019
Building a general education program from scratch for a population of first generation and underserved students provided both a challenge and opportunity. Faculty who had limited previous experience teaching and assessing first year students engaged in study of the best practices and research. Faculty designed a four-year general education…
Descriptors: Teacher Role, College Faculty, First Year Seminars, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Hecht, Marijke; Knutson, Karen; Crowley, Kevin – Science Education, 2019
Engagement with and study of nature is increasingly important for science literacy and civic engagement. Spurred on by challenges of the Anthropocene, many informal learning institutions are exploring how their collections, programs, and scientific expertise can be mobilized to create new naturalist learning pathways for children and youth. In…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Ecology, Scientific Literacy, Citizen Participation
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Hu, Helen – Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education, 2014
This article describes the activities of the tribal colleges and universities in building programs aimed at helping students and energy companies acquire the skills needed for employment in the natural resource industries around the Native nations. Students are learning many skills--welding, construction technology, and safety. Students are also…
Descriptors: Tribally Controlled Education, American Indian Education, American Indians, Energy
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Huynh, Tuyen; Torquati, Julia C. – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2019
This phenomenological study explored outdoor recreation instructors' subjective experiences of the natural world. Participants (N = 21) from two outdoor adventure centres participated in semi-structured interviews about their experiences and perceptions of nature. Thematic analysis revealed eight central themes: (1) "Childhood Experiences…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Teacher Attitudes, Physical Environment, Early Experience
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Padawer, Ana – Ethnography and Education, 2012
Ever since the first ethnographic studies, the question about how people learn in different contexts was an essential element of research. Studies in anthropology of education have increasingly focused on schooling. Nowadays, however, the traditional topic of learning in out-of-school contexts recovers its relevance because the development of…
Descriptors: Familiarity, Ethnography, Entomology, Rural Areas
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Butera, Brett; Esser, Scott – Science Teacher, 2019
Citizen science can provide insightful data to inform decisions, while also serving to enhance ecological awareness and foster environmental stewardship among participants. In this article, high school student citizen scientists investigate how trees respond to changing mountain climate during a field trip to Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) to…
Descriptors: Forestry, Science Education, Scientists, Conservation (Environment)
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Öberg, Gunilla; Campbell, Alice – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
There is an urgent need to strengthen undergraduate science students' epistemic knowledge, which requires having the scientists "qua" teachers on board. The divide between scientists' perceptions of science and the perceptions held by those who study science is in this context problematic. Even so, this remains a sorely understudied…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Foreign Countries
Keeler, Rusty – Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, 2012
One of the author's favorite things in the whole world is a forest school--a nature kindergarten. People have probably heard the rumors: preschoolers outdoors all day long, in all kinds of weather. And it's not just for Scandinavian kids anymore. It is yet another children and nature global movement. More than just adding nature to a playground,…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Preschool Children, Program Descriptions, Outdoor Education
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