Restoring the nature-child connection
The research question addressed in this capstone is: What would a quality, after school, outdoor enrichment program designed for middle school students look like? Children are spending less time outside and are losing their connections with nature. This has also led to a loss of respect and feelings of apathy for the environment. Whether it's called nature-deficit disorder, extinction of experience, or biophilia this phenomenon is occurring throughout the country. The author develops a curriculum for use in the public school that provides students with opportunities to develop new relationships with the outdoors. The driving force behind this project is a book by Richard Louv entitled Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Louv's research shows that spending time in nature improves physical and mental health. This curriculum is intended to restore the connection between nature and children.
Henderson, Marc T., "Restoring the nature-child connection" (2008). School of Education Student Capstones and Dissertations. 2039.
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