Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators
About The Webinar
When children have access to free play in natural areas, they do the same things, around the country and around the world. They make special places, develop fantasy games, construct maps and paths, go hunting and gathering, craft small worlds. (We'll take a specific look at research David did in Devon that contributed to his understanding of the special places and maps & paths play motifs.)
These recurrent play patterns can be used as design principles to help structure compelling outdoor activities with children. And these engagements can lead to environmental values and behaviours in adulthood.
We'll think about significant experiences from childhood, examine images of children at play, and gain insight into how parents and teachers can both bond children with the natural world and make learning more intriguing.
Date: Wednesday 23rd June 2021
Time: 16.30 - 17.15 Presentation, 17.15 - 17.35, Q&A.
Please note if you cannot make the live webinar, you can still register and gain access to the recording to watch in your own time, up to 72 hours after the live event.
David Sobel is a Professor Emeritus in the Education Department at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH and he consults and speaks widely on child development and place-based education with schools, environmental organizations and the National Park Service. He has authored eight books and more than 70 articles focused on children and nature for educators, parents, environmentalists and school administrators in the last 30 years. https://www.davidsobelauthor.com/