Children and Nature

Children and Nature

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For much of human evolution, the natural world was one of the most important contexts of children's maturation. Indeed, the experience of nature was, and still may be, a critical component of human physical, emotional, intellectual, and even moral development. Yet scientific knowledge of the significance of nature during the different stages of childhood is sparse. This book provides scientific investigations and thought-provoking essays on children and nature.Children and Nature incorporates research from cognitive science, developmental psychology, ecology, education, environmental studies, evolutionary psychology, political science, primatology, psychiatry, and social psychology. The authors examine the evolutionary significance of nature during childhood; the formation of children's conceptions, values, and sympathies toward the natural world; how contact with nature affects children's physical and mental development; and the educational and political consequences of the weakened childhood experience of nature in modern society.For example, by age 10, children believe that a raccoon painted black with a white stripe and with a pouch of aquot;smelly stuffaquot; ... Two questions are of interest to the present discussion: at what age do children begin to show such essentialistanbsp;...

Title:Children and Nature
Author:Peter H. Kahn, Stephen R. Kellert
Publisher:MIT Press - 2002-05-03


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