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ERIC Number: EJ1385437
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2023
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0095-8964
EISSN: EISSN-1940-1892
Connecting Technologies and Nature: Impact and Opportunities for Digital Media Use in the Context of At-Home Family Environmental Learning
Lin, Veronica J.; Ardoin, Nicole M.
Journal of Environmental Education, v54 n1 p72-83 2023
Individuals increasingly rely on digital media technologies to learn about and access new information. Yet, despite the dramatic rise in electronic media use among youth and adults, our understanding of its impact, opportunities, and challenges within environmental education remains limited, especially in home contexts. Using a learning ecology framework, we conducted a two-week diary study with 58 diverse adult caretakers, asking them to engage in environmental learning moments with their children. Drawing on qualitative reports of those moments, we found that families relied heavily on digital technologies to support their child's environmental learning, frequently to supplement other activities or spark rich discussions. Findings illustrate how the digitalization of environmental education can extend beyond passive screen time. Overall, this study reveals the critical role of family conversations and shared digital technologies in supporting environmental learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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