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Plant yourself where language blooms: Direct experience of nature changes how parents and children talk about nature.

Cameron-Faulkner, T, MacDonald, R, Serratrice, L, Melville, J and Gattis, M (2017) Plant yourself where language blooms: Direct experience of nature changes how parents and children talk about nature. Children, Youth and Environments, 27 (2). pp. 110-124. ISSN 1546-2250

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Abstract

The current study investigated the affordances of direct and indirect experience of nature on parent-child talk. Parents and children produced a wider range of nature words when exploring a park (direct experience) than when exploring a thematically matched indoor visitor center (indirect experience). Parents and children also produced more plant-related nature word types when exploring the park compared to the visitor center. Findings suggest that direct experience of nature increases the diversity and specificity of parent-child talk about nature, and mitigates the phenomenon of “plant blindness” (cf. Wandersee & Schussler, 1999). Direct experience of nature provides an optimal context for children to learn the language of nature and consequently to cultivate children's status as custodians of the natural world.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1604 Human Geography, 1205 Urban and Regional Planning
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Psychology (new Sep 2019)
Publisher: University of Cincinnati
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2020 08:58
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2020 09:00
DOI or Identification number: 10.7721/chilyoutenvi.27.2.0110
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12351

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