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Research and Practice: Preparing Future Teachers to Support Children’s Nature Exploration

by Molly Gerrish
March/April 2021
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Education is seen as a major force in the bid to produce more sustainably literate citizens. Most notable is the role that early childhood education can play in sustainable development. Early childhood education can contribute to this development through educators’ professional competencies, cultural experiences, integrated knowledge-base, and personally engaging experiences for children. Wadsworth (1888) articulated that even a single awe-inspiring experience with nature is worth more than memorizing a thousand facts. Sobel (2008) commented that there is a strong relationship between experiences with nature in childhood and the behavior and attitude toward nature demonstrated by adults. Sharing in nature experiences with children is an optimal ingredient for creating stewards of the land who truly care about and care for the environment, and who believe in ...

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