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Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators

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Public discussions of global climate change and other threats to the planet are making children more aware of environmental issues. As increasing numbers of kids come to school wishing to take action, educators want to know how to teach in a way that fosters a love of nature and an understanding of the complexity and seriousness of these issues.

In Childhood and Nature, noted educator David Sobel makes the case that meaningful connections with the natural world don't begin in the rainforest or arctic, but in our own backyards and communities. Based on his observations of recurrent play themes around the world, Sobel articulates seven design principles that can guide teachers in structuring learning experiences for children. Place-based education projects that make effective use of the principles are detailed throughout the book. And while engaged in these projects, students learn language arts, math, science, social studies, as well as essential problem-solving and social skills through involvement with nature and their communities.

The pressures of test preparation, standards, and curriculum frameworks often reduce the study of nature and the environment to a set of facts and general concepts. However, as Childhood and Nature demonstrates, linking curriculum with an engagement in the real world not only provides students with the thinking skills needed for whatever test comes their way, but also helps them grow into responsible citizens and stewards of the earth.

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Sobel (place-based education, Antioch U. New England) presents a collection of 11 essays, some previously published, making the case for classrooms and other educational environments that foster a love and understanding of nature. The author combines anecdotal and theoretical insights with specific recommendations for education projects that address skills required in core subjects (math, science, language arts, etc.) while creating environmentally responsible young people. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN:
9781571107411
Author:
Sobel, David
Publisher:
Stenhouse Publishers
Subject:
Human ecology
Subject:
Environmental ethics
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - General
Subject:
Outdoor education
Subject:
Education-Classroom Resources
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
9.27x7.35x.46 in. .85 lbs.

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