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Place Meaning for Children in the Forest Garden
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Learning Practices inside and outside School (LPS), Sustainability Education Research (SER).
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Previous studies show that outdoor places have different meanings for children's lives based on children's preferences from experiences and memories. The purpose of the study is to investigate the forest gardens' places from the children’s perspective. The theoretical framework is Social Studies of Childhood, where children are regarded as competent social actors and right to give their voices. This study intends to use empirical material from walk-and-talk conversations and photography with 28 children. The results from this ongoing study presents the four most photographed places in the forest garden, which are places with plants, the pond, the fireplace and the tipin place. Places with plants give children a sense of belonging to the nature and think they are friends with the insects. Boundaries in forest gardens are fuzzy and barriers like the fencing are designed to keep animals out rather than children in. Educators positively encourage risk taking, inviting children to try different activities and offering a range of opportunities from which children can select and self-regulate their level of risk and challenge. Barriers, however, exist in taking up of all opportunities because socioeconomic disadvantage and cultural norms mean many participating children have never before experienced such natural environments in their deprived home neighbourhoods or for immigrant children, in their countries of origin. It is therefore interesting to report that theme of boundaries, barriers and belonging are intersect in shaping children’s relationship with the places in the forest garden.

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2019.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-43476OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-43476DiVA, id: diva2:1305075
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14th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Manchester, United Kingdom, 20 – 23 August 2019
Available from: 2019-04-15 Created: 2019-04-15 Last updated: 2019-04-15

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