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

Cameron-Faulkner, Theo, McDonald, Ross, Serratrice, Ludovica, Melville, Joanna and Gattis, Merideth 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. 10.7721/chilyoutenvi.27.2.0110
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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
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: University of Cincinnati
ISSN: 1546-2250
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 October 2017
Date of Acceptance: 20 July 2017
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2019 08:22
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/105562

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