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Developing ecological literacy in a forest garden: children’s perspectives

Hammarsten, Maria ; Askerlund, Per ; Almers, Ellen ; Avery, Helen LU and Samuelsson, Tobias (2019) In Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning 19(3). p.227-241
Abstract
Today, cities become more dense, green spaces disappear and children spend less time outdoors. Research suggests that these conditions create health problems and lack of ecological literacy. To reverse such trends, localities are creating urban green spaces for children to visit during school time. Drawing on ideas in ecological literacy, this study investigates school children’s perspectives on a forest garden, a type of outdoor educational setting previously only scarcely researched. Data were collected through walk-and-talk conversations and informal interviews with 28 children aged 7 to 9. Many children in the study expressed strong positive feelings about the forest garden, the organized and spontaneous activities there, and caring... (More)
Today, cities become more dense, green spaces disappear and children spend less time outdoors. Research suggests that these conditions create health problems and lack of ecological literacy. To reverse such trends, localities are creating urban green spaces for children to visit during school time. Drawing on ideas in ecological literacy, this study investigates school children’s perspectives on a forest garden, a type of outdoor educational setting previously only scarcely researched. Data were collected through walk-and-talk conversations and informal interviews with 28 children aged 7 to 9. Many children in the study expressed strong positive feelings about the forest garden, the organized and spontaneous activities there, and caring for the organisms living there. We observed three aspects of learning in the data, potentially beneficial for the development of children’s ecological literacy: practical competence, learning how to co-exist and care, and biological knowledge and ecological understanding. (Less)
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forest garden, social studies of childhood, children’s perspectives, walk-and-talk conversations, ecological literacy
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Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning
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19
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3
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227 - 241
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Routledge
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1754-0402
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10.1080/14729679.2018.1517371
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English
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  abstract     = {Today, cities become more dense, green spaces disappear and children spend less time outdoors. Research suggests that these conditions create health problems and lack of ecological literacy. To reverse such trends, localities are creating urban green spaces for children to visit during school time. Drawing on ideas in ecological literacy, this study investigates school children’s perspectives on a forest garden, a type of outdoor educational setting previously only scarcely researched. Data were collected through walk-and-talk conversations and informal interviews with 28 children aged 7 to 9. Many children in the study expressed strong positive feelings about the forest garden, the organized and spontaneous activities there, and caring for the organisms living there. We observed three aspects of learning in the data, potentially beneficial for the development of children’s ecological literacy: practical competence, learning how to co-exist and care, and biological knowledge and ecological understanding.},
  author       = {Hammarsten, Maria and Askerlund, Per and Almers, Ellen and Avery, Helen and Samuelsson, Tobias},
  issn         = {1754-0402},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {227--241},
  publisher    = {Routledge},
  series       = {Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning},
  title        = {Developing ecological literacy in a forest garden: children’s perspectives},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14729679.2018.1517371},
  doi          = {10.1080/14729679.2018.1517371},
  volume       = {19},
  year         = {2019},
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