Childrens' Conceptions of Nature

  title={Childrens' Conceptions of Nature},
  author={Phillip Garth Payne},
  journal={Australian Journal of Environmental Education},
  pages={68 - 75}
  • P. Payne
  • Published 1 July 2014
  • Education
  • Australian Journal of Environmental Education
This paper describes a study of sixth grade children's conceptions of nature and the environment. In so doing, it asks that environmental educators pay more attention to children's preconceived notions of environment and nature. Should this occur the theory-practice gap in environmental education may be diminished. Learners' concepts of ‘nature’ and the ‘environment’ provide a needed perspective for the development of individually and contextually appropriate teaching and learning strategies in… 
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  • Education
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