Children and Nature: Psychological, Sociocultural, and Evolutionary Investigations

Children and Nature: Psychological, Sociocultural, and Evolutionary Investigations

by Peter H. Kahn Jr.
     
 

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

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Overview

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 Nature incorporates 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262611756
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
06/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
370
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction
1The Primate Relationship with Nature: Biophilia as a General Pattern1
2The Ecological World of Children29
3The Development of Folkbiology: A Cognitive Science Perspective on Children's Understanding of the Biological World65
4Children's Affiliations with Nature: Structure, Development, and the Problem of Environmental Generational Amnesia93
5Experiencing Nature: Affective, Cognitive, and Evaluative Development in Children117
6Animals as Links toward Developing Caring Relationships with the Natural World153
7Animals in Therapeutic Education: Guides into the Liminal State179
8Spots of Time: Manifold Ways of Being in Nature in Childhood199
9Adolescents and the Natural Environment: A Time Out?227
10Adolescents and Ecological Identity: Attending to Wild Nature259
11Political Economy and the Ecology of Childhood279
12Eden in a Vacant Lot: Special Places, Species, and Kids in the Neighbourhood of Life305
List of Contributors329
Name Index331
Subject Index341

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