Capstone/Dissertation Title

Using observational drawing to build connection with nature in the highly urbanised environment of Hong Kong

Term

2012

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAED: NSEE

Abstract

The motivating drive for this capstone came from the author's contention that teachers in Hong Kong do not use outdoor experiences of nature to support or augment classroom learning. The author felt that providing specific drawing guidance to a mixed group of teachers in an outdoor urban settings could help increase awareness of nature in the city and facilitate a more concerted effort to use urban nature as a resource. A series of onsite outdoor drawing activities were provided as well pre- and post-tests to measure change. The teachers were taken on a series of visits to areas of unplanned nature in the city and given guided drawing experiences. The conclusions showed that observational drawing can facilitate a shift in awareness of nature in the city, and that in turn a heightened awareness can lead to a greater likelihood of using nature in classroom practice.

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