Direct experience with nature and the development of biological knowledge

Longbottom, Sarah E. and Slaughter, Virginia (2016) Direct experience with nature and the development of biological knowledge. Early Education and Development, 1-14. doi:10.1080/10409289.2016.1169822

Author Longbottom, Sarah E.
Slaughter, Virginia
Title Direct experience with nature and the development of biological knowledge
Journal name Early Education and Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1040-9289
Publication date 2016-05-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10409289.2016.1169822
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Place of publication Philadelphia, United States
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2017
Formatted abstract
Research Findings: An emerging consensus is that casual, direct contact with nature influences the development of children’s biological knowledge. Here we review the existing literature on this topic, focusing on the effects of (a) rural versus urban rearing environments and (b) pet ownership and care on children’s biological concepts and reasoning. Although the research is limited, the evidence suggests that these factors positively influence children’s understanding of specific biological phenomena (e.g., internal organ function, biological inheritance) and reasoning patterns (e.g., anthropocentrism, ecological reasoning).

Practice or Policy: In the modern context of diminishing outdoor playtime and limited experience with nature, this review highlights the importance of direct exposure to the natural world for children’s conceptual development in the domain of biology.
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