Children and Nature : Psychological, Sociocultural, and Evolutionary Investigations

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-05-01
  • Publisher: Mit Pr
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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 Natureincorporates 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Peter H. Kahn, Jr.
Stephen R. Kellert
The Primate Relationship with Nature: Biophilia as a General Pattern
Peter Verbeek
Frans B. M. de Waal
The Ecological World of Children
Judith H. Heerwagen
Gordon H. Orians
The Development of Folkbiology: A Cognitive Science Perspective on Children's Understanding of the Biological World
John D. Coley
Gregg E. A. Solomon
Patrick Shafto
Children's Affiliations with Nature: Structure, Development, and the Problem of Environmental Generational Amnesia
Peter H. Kahn, Jr.
Experiencing Nature: Affective, Cognitive, and Evaluative Development in Children
Stephen R. Kellert
Animals as Links toward Developing Caring Relationships with the Natural World
Olin Eugene Myers, Jr.
Carol D. Saunders
Animals in Therapeutic Education: Guides into the Liminal State
Aaron Katcher
Spots of Time: Manifold Ways of Being in Nature in Childhood
Louise Chawla
Adolescents and the Natural Environment: A Time Out?
Rachel Kaplan
Stephen Kaplan
Adolescents and Ecological Identity: Attending to Wild Nature
Cynthia Thomashow
Political Economy and the Ecology of Childhood
David W. Orr
Eden in a Vacant Lot: Special Places, Species, and Kids in the Neighborhood of Life
Robert Michael Pyle
List of Contributors 329(2)
Name Index 331(10)
Subject Index 341

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