Nature Routines and Affinity with the Biosphere: A Case Study of Preschool Children in Stockholm
2014 (English)In: Children, Youth and Environments, ISSN 1546-2250, Vol. 24, no 3, 16-42 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Do nature-deficit routines undermine affinity with the biosphere? We assessed social-ecological features in Stockholm that afford nature experiences and analyzed the accessibility of these natural areas to preschools. We then selected preschools with contrasting accessibilities. The nature routines resulting from differing outdoor possibilities in preschool life were investigated in relation to children’s affinity with the biosphere. Preschools with routines closer to nature have children who are more empathetic and concerned for non-human life forms, and more cognitively aware of human-nature interdependence. We conclude that, nature-rich routines in cities significantly correlate with higher children’s ability to develop affinity with the biosphere.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 24, no 3, 16-42 p.
nature routine, affinity with the biosphere, extinction of experience, preschool children, urban design
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-114368DOI: 10.7721/chilyoutenvi.24.3.0016OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-114368DiVA: diva2:791665