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Children and the Natural Environment - An Exploration of Adult Memories of Childhood Nature Play

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dc.contributor.advisor Perkins, Nathan Brash, Amanda 2011-08-25T19:44:05Z 2011-08-25T19:44:05Z 2011-07 2011-07-25 2011-08-25
dc.description.abstract Many studies suggest that children are increasingly disengaged with the natural environment and in contrast to past decades spend significantly less free time exploring natural play places. Other studies suggest that from the ages of three to eight, foundational childhood memories are formed, and these memories likely influence adult beliefs regarding the natural environment. The goal of this study was to examine the character and ecology of adults’ childhood memories of nature, along with how they potentially shaped the individual as they progressed through life. Adults between the ages of eighteen to twenty-seven were interviewed using a semi structured format, and asked to fill out two questionnaires to detect themes between memories and environmental beliefs. Responses were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Results help to identify the behaviours and experiences that encourage children to engage with the natural environment, allowing play spaces to be designed in order to foster environmental connectivity. en_US
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dc.subject Nature Play en_US
dc.subject Nature Memory en_US
dc.subject New Environmental Paradigm en_US
dc.title Children and the Natural Environment - An Exploration of Adult Memories of Childhood Nature Play en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Landscape Architecture en_US Master of Landscape Architecture en_US School of Environmental Design and Rural Development en_US
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