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Learning by experiment is all in a day's play : Nature News

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Rudiments of the scientific method seen in four-year-old children.

by Chloe McIvor

 

Preschool children spontaneously invent experiments in their play, according to research published this month in Cognition. The findings suggest that basic scientific principles help very young brains to learn about the world.

 

Psychologists have been drawing a comparison between cognitive development and science for years — an idea referred to as 'the child as scientist'. But recently scientists have been trying to discover whether this is more than just a neat analogy.


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An assessment of schoolyard renovation strategies to encourage children's physical activity

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Peter Anthamatten, Lois Brink, Sarah Lampe, Emily Greenwood, Beverly Kingston and Claudio Nigg

 

International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2011, 8:27

 

Children in poor and minority neighborhoods often lack adequate environmental support for healthy physical development and community interventions designed to improve physical activity resources serve as an important approach to addressing obesity. In Denver, the Learning Landscapes (LL) program has constructed over 98 culturally-tailored schoolyard play spaces at elementary schools with the goal to encourage utilization of play spaces and physical activity. In spite of enthusiasm about such projects to improve urban environments, little work has evaluated their impact or success in achieving their stated objectives. This study evaluates the impacts of LL construction and recency of renovation on schoolyard utilization and the physical activity rates of children, both during and outside of school, using an observational study design.

 

 


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From the virtual to the real, discovering the world in 4D by leaving our screens behind: the potential of outdoor learning in a digital age

From the virtual to the real, discovering the world in 4D by leaving our screens behind: the potential of outdoor learning in a digital age | Curriculum | Scoop.it

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Rebekah Tauritz's curator insight, January 15, 2013 4:50 AM

A new study reports on the results of a three year longitudinal study of children (age 8‐10) who participated in NatureWise, a nature immersion programme that takes children into the forest under the guidance of a forest ranger three times a year. NatureWise (NW) is a carefully designed programme that requires school‐based preparation for each of the so‐called forest days as well as school‐based reflection on the significance and lessons learnt of each on those days. The programme seeks to develop ‘head’ (development of cognitive understanding of ecological principles and life in and management of the forest), ‘hart’ (development of affective, emotional bonding with nature and associated values) and, ‘hands’ (development of psycho‐motor skills needed to care for nature).

 

An experimental design was created that included 6 primary schools, 3 from urban areas and 3 from more rural areas. In each school for each participating grade a NatureWise‐class was followed as was a control class which did not participate in NW but followed the normal nature education programme that can be considered typical for most Dutch primary schools. Within each class a group of eight pupils was followed more intensively to obtain a deeper understanding of the children’s development. Children’s concept‐maps and activity booklets (in year 1 and year 3 of the study) were analyzed as well as interviews with the eight focus children from each class. In addition all participating teachers (n=24) were interviewed about their understanding of nature education in general and NW in particular (for those who participated in NW) as well as about the changes they observed in the children and about the influence of the children’s home‐situation on their exposure to and connection with nature. In addition classes were observed periodically during lessons about nature. In total 185 children between the ages of 8 and 10 participated in the study. Methodologically the study can be classified as a phenomenological.

 

The research shows that most children, not all, benefit from participating in NW frequently over a 2‐3 year which is expressed in an increase in knowledge of nature, deepened sensory and affective engagement with nature, and more sensitive behaviour towards nature. The added value of NW lies is multiple: children are in a position to establish direct contact with nature, children gain more confidence and interest in nature which helps them understand information about nature that comes to them through the media, children are better positioned to develop empathy towards another species, children come to see the importance of caring for nature, children are given hands‐on opportunities to care for nature, and, finally, children get to enjoy being in nature aesthetically, psycho‐motorically and intellectually. All this combined makes children more inclined to actively seek nature. The research therefore confirms the key premises of experience‐oriented nature education programmes, although it should be noted 10 that not all participating students display such a development and that in the control group some students display a similar development under favourable conditions in the school and/or home environment.

 

See the full report (in Dutch with an English Abstract) for more results.

Toen ik er meer over ging weten werd het leuk: arjenwals.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/toen-ik-er-meer-over-ging-weten-werd-het-leuk-compleet3ukabstract.pdf

 

The study was conducted by a team of researchers consisting of Marlon van der Waal and Dieuwke Hovinga (OVC-Advies & Lector Hogeschool Leiden) – who both did the bulk of the research – and Kris van Koppen (Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University) and Arjen Wals (Education and Competences Group, Wageningen University).

 

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Hey, dude, gardening is so much cooler than recess - The Boston Globe

Hey, dude, gardening is so much cooler than recess - The Boston Globe | Curriculum | Scoop.it
At the Bennett-Hemenway Elementary School (known as Ben-Hem) in Natick, an innovative garden has become a beloved community resource for kids, teachers, and parents.
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Ecoliteracy Resources List: Blog

Ecoliteracy Resources List: Blog | Curriculum | Scoop.it
I was jus t creating a list of a few recommended resources for Ecoliteracy to email to some great teachers in Palo Alto, California.  Then I realized I would like to have this list readily available...
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Eco Kids Learn about Sustainability

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The Eco Kids have gotten presetations on Sustainability and Solid Waste Management while having a great time at their Summer camp.

 

"After finishing touches were put on the bracelets, campers lined up and marched to the Chaa Creek conference room, where Mr. Brion Young gave a presentation on the various ways to use environmentally friendly practices in everyday life.  Mr. Young highlighted several of the ways in which Chaa Creek recycles, such as using old cardboard boxes as mulch at the Maya Organic Farm, as well as giving campers advice on recycling at home."

 

http://belize-travel-blog.chaacreek.com/2013/07/eco-kids-summer-camp-day-4-solid-waste-management/


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Australian Curriculum: Mathematics resources | Asia Education Foundation

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Theo Jansen's Strandbeests - Wallace & Gromit's World of Invention Episode 1 Preview - BBC One

More on this programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00vt1xp Kinetic sculptor and artist Theo Jansen builds 'strandbeests' from yellow plastic tubing tha...

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Education | CSIRO

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CSIRO offers science programs and resources for schools, special events around Australia and a great range of at-home science for all ages.

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Introducing Forces

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Investigation video, interactive animation, photo slideshow, song sheet and activity sheets exploring pushes and pulls.

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Theory of Mind

Understanding that other people can think and feel differently from you is an essential skill in relation to sustainable development. Understanding how other minds work is a competence children master around the age of 4.


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Exploring the Relationship between Digital Nature Photography and Children’s Connectedness to Nature

Exploring the Relationship between Digital Nature Photography and Children’s Connectedness to Nature | Curriculum | Scoop.it

MSc Thesis by Seth F. Spencer

University of Minnesota Duluth| 2012

 

Digital photography can be an enjoyable and exciting activity for children. It may also increase connectedness to nature levels. Questionnaires were sent to four different Duluth, MN area 4th grade classrooms. The questionnaire was comprised of the Connectedness to Nature Index (Cheng & Monroe, 2010) and one open-ended question. The questionnaire was given as a pretest and a posttest, after two of the schools participated in a program using digital cameras. Eight-five percent (n=99) responded to the questionnaire.

 

Findings of the study revealed that the respondents generally had a strong connectedness to nature before and after their use of digital cameras. While quantitative data showed no significant change between pretest and posttest connectedness to nature levels, qualitative and anecdotal data suggested that the use of digital cameras can influence connectedness to nature levels in children. The results may be used to emphasize the importance of finding new and creative ways to connect today’s children with a sense of connectedness to nature

 

Download the thesis report: http://hdl.handle.net/10792/325 or

http://d-commons.d.umn.edu:8180/jspui/handle/10792/325


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Linda Wilson's comment, August 20, 2012 1:35 PM
Interesting study. I tried to download the pdf but Internet Explorer says it can't download it. Is there another way? Perhaps contact information for Mr. Spencer?
Rebekah Tauritz's comment, August 20, 2012 1:43 PM
Hi lwilson, I don't know why IE can't download the file. I use Firefox, but I thought IE is used more commonly. I added a second link, does this work for you? Or perhaps you can use Firefox..?

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ECO classrooms: teaching environmental literacy in schools (infographic) - EdTech Times

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ECO classrooms: teaching environmental literacy in schools (infographic) http://t.co/5QL7AJbD #edtech #education

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Sam Hollings's curator insight, March 25, 2013 8:37 AM

This site explores through an infographic (plus links to supporting evidence) as to how Environmental Literacy is being taught in schools. Also includes some good teaching resources in 'being eco'

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Rain Forest Plants Race to Outrun Global Warming - National Geographic

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National Geographic Rain Forest Plants Race to Outrun Global Warming National Geographic From a 13,000-foot peak of the Andes Mountains in southern Peru, gazing east over the dense rain forests of the Amazon basin, all you see is undulating...

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Amazon Rainforest Workshops's curator insight, September 16, 2013 4:21 PM

Tropical plants are migrating due to climate change, but can they move fast enough?

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Do You Eat Real? (Food Intake Questionnaire & Results)

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Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.
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The 10 Cities That Are Leading The Way In Urban Sustainability

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With a few exceptions, national governments aren't going to make a big dent in climate change and associated environmental problems. They're too big, slow, and in many cases, don't even want to acknowledge a problem that's so politically inconvenient. Over the past half decade or so, it has become increasingly apparent that cities are leading the way--and ultimately, have the greatest chance at boosting our chances for survival in the face of declining resources and rising seas.


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TimeMaps

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History, map and timeline of the World, in 3500 BC the civilization of ancient Mesopotamia has emerged along with another in the Nile Valley

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Curriculum resources | Asia Education Foundation

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Explore contemporary and traditional aspects of Asia. Explore Australia’s place in the region. Access online resources and materials to support the texts. Numerous text-based and online resources and lesson plans.

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Home | Prof Bunsen

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Fun and exciting science products, science activities for science teachers, children, parents, amateur scientists and home experimenters.

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Bureau - Learn About Meteorology

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Resource page for introduction to learning about meteorology, weather and climate

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PLASTIC BOTTLES LIGHT UP THOUSANDS OF HOMES IN MANILA SLUMS

ILLAC DIAZ - ISANG LITRONG LIWANAG PLASTIC BOTTLES LIGHT UP THOUSANDS OF HOMES IN MANILA SLUMS (mirrored from http://youtu.be/vnQG7xLLqH4)

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