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Developing ecological literacy in a forest garden: children’s perspectives
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Learning Practices inside and outside School (LPS), Sustainability Education Research (SER).
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Learning Practices inside and outside School (LPS), Sustainability Education Research (SER).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0117-2974
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Learning Practices inside and outside School (LPS), Sustainability Education Research (SER).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3199-6755
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Learning Practices inside and outside School (LPS), Sustainability Education Research (SER).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8423-1938
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2018 (English)In: Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, ISSN 1472-9679, E-ISSN 1754-0402Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

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.

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Taylor & Francis, 2018.
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forest garden; social Studies of childhood; children’s perspectives; walk-and-talk conversations; ecological literacy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-41474DOI: 10.1080/14729679.2018.1517371Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85053503238OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-41474DiVA, id: diva2:1248898
Available from: 2018-09-17 Created: 2018-09-17 Last updated: 2019-02-07

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