Our Natural Family: A study of young children and how we connect with nature Public



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  • While humans are inextricably connected to nature, we live in a world whose anthropocentric fixation on progress begins severing that connection at birth. Through research with young children, their parents, and their care-providers, this project helped fill the research gap in early childhood ecological education by helping identify children’s ways of thinking about and interacting with nature and assessing their potential for developing a love of nature and all living things. A review of current literature focused on the general categories of environmental education, early childhood education, and the relationship between the two and how they influence a child’s understanding of and attitude towards the natural world. Case study findings revealed the potential for future research on young children’s environmental awareness and the many ways adults can help guide a young child’s growing positive relationship with nature.
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