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WST 480

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Rachel Hirsch

on 27 April 2010

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Transcript of WST 480

Nature Interaction= Positive Impact on Girl's Education and Lives
Brief History of Human/Nature Relationships = Then came.... Nature Study Began in the 19th Century and prmoted science, as well as natural history (Tolley 2003)

Was taught at All American schools.

However at one point N.S was questioned because it was possibly "romanticized" or "feminine".



Then nature made a comback! Through ----> So How does nature interaction have positive impacts on children's education? History: Through projects that involve examining the past. Ex: Colonial farm culture.

Math: measuring hills, calculating and converting distances.

Science: Observation, experimentation, questioning.

English/Arts: Expression of many forms, as well as appreciation for natural aesthetics. It is also a good idea to educate about scientists that worked with nature Rachel Carson Margaret Lowman Wangari Maathai Now what about animals? Even if not all children are physically exposed to animals it is important to educate children about them because all animals play a role in various environmentts.

One way to educate is through storytelling, puppet shows, take fieldtrips outside and draw what one sees. So how is nature good for children overall (more so girls)? Going outside promotes some form of activity
(both physical and mental)
Can reduce ADD Disorder rest from fatiguig "direct voluntary attention" (Taylor et al 2001)
promotes imagnination usage, creativitive, curiosity,etc... However there are still challenges that we face, what can we do? Urban Area challenge----
1Go outside: If adults (parents teachers) go outside then children will be more likely to follow If adults care about animals and other nature forms, then children will be more likely to care too!
sometimes children grow up and become conservationists or naturalists
girls should be aware that they can make a difference too, as boys can. Fin
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