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ERIC Number: EJ954012
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1341
Cultivating Urban Naturalists: Teaching Experiential, Place-Based Learning through Nature Journaling in Central Park
Warkentin, Traci
Journal of Geography, v110 n6 p227-238 2011
Preservice educators engaged in experiential, place-based learning through a semester-long assignment in which they observed a specific place in Central Park in Manhattan, New York, and kept a nature journal. The assignment was organized around two pivotal elements: direct, sensory experience and time in place. Both elements added vital dimensions to learning in unanticipated ways. Ultimately, students cultivated naturalist skills, realized the potency of the nature journal as a tool for environmental and geographic education, and made a pedagogical discovery that the learning process is more important than the end product. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York