Beyond Ecophobia speaks to teachers, parents, and others interested in nurturing in children the ability to understand and care for nature. This expanded . Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education By DAVID SOBEL excerpted with permission from Beyond Ecophobia David Sobel is a regular. Download Citation on ResearchGate | Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education | Argues that while children seem to be spending less time.

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I ecophobai it and will loan it out. And, after a year and a half, they not only witnessed the removal of the 50, barrels and the beginnings of the EPA clean up, but they wrote legislation, lobbied legislators, and saw the passage of a Utah state law that set up a hazardous waste clean up fund.

Beyond Ecophobia : Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education

Great for thinking about environmental learning in schools. It is a very short book, more like a long essay. Feb ecopobia, Lindsey rated it it was amazing Shelves: In the stories told, their forms spring to life in the mind, re-presented in consciousness, training the capacity to imagine. As a result, depth is sacrificed for breadth, and there’s little opportunity for immersion in the landscape.

Rather, we speculated on what it is about birds that appeals to children.

Jul 25, Stephanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: I wanted the children to experience the thrill of posing a question and working directly to find the answer. Through analyzing these maps and doing interviews and field trips with these same children, I have found clear patterns of development in the relationship between the child and his or her expanding world.

Children are disconnected from the world outside their doors and connected with endangered animals and ecosystems around the globe through electronic media. More bird games followed. Activism beyond the local is something more appropriate for adolescence.

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Kimberly Snyder rated it it was amazing Nov 12, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. An expanded writing from an Orion article that talks about how exposing kids to frightening concepts like fore a sense of love for nature is actually more harmful to the environmental movement. And in early adolescence, social action should assume a more central role.

Making forts, creating small imaginary worlds, hunting and gathering, searching for treasures, following streams and pathways, exploring the landscape, taking care of animals, gardening and shaping the Earth can be primary activities during this stage.

One problem we have in beyohd is premature abstraction — we teach too abstractly, too early. Allowing time for nature Suffering from the timesickness of trying to do too much too quickly, we infect our children with our impatience.

Their maps push off the edge of the page, and they often need to attach extra pieces of paper to map the new terrain they are investigating.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. Marcus Lehmann rated it really liked it Feb 04, Return to Rcophobia Page. They attracted reporters intrigued with the children’s persistence. Jul 22, Julia rated it really liked it. Many children who can recite the water cycle verbally still draw maps that have streams running uphill.

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Refresh and try again. They hear the story of the murder of activist Chico Mendez and watch videos about the plight of indigenous forest people displaced by logging and exploration for oil.

Important reading for ebyond discussing environmental issues with children. An interesting essay for educators and likely parents too. What a simple solution. But it makes very compelling points about connecting children with nature before educating them. If you love the earth and love children, this is a must read! The natural world is being abused, and they just don’t want to have to deal with it. From eight to eleven, children’s geographical ranges expand rapidly.


David Millstone, a fifth grade teacher in Norwich, Vermont, organized an expedition with his class in which they would follow a stream, not knowing where the stream would lead them.

Though these age frames need to be considered flexibly, my belief is that environmental education should have a different tenor and style during each of these stages. Fear of just being outside. We initiated our bird curriculum planning at Camp Waubenong by agreeing that we wouldn’t have the children identify birds from fleeting glimpses and then look them up in books to start. Books by David Sobel. Beyond cardboard rainforests If curricula focused on saving the Earth don’t work, what does?

It does, however, immerse children in the primary experience of exploring streams and understanding where they go.

I just wish it had been longer! What happened in the childhoods of environmentalists to make them grow up with strong ecological values?

Trivia About Beyond Ecophobia I had to walk with my feet widely apart. I especially appreciated the way in which David Sobel addresses the cognitive readiness regarding when younger generations should be introduced to environmental concerns.

Instead, we beyonx children do workbooks in kindergarten, we let seven year-olds watch Jurassic Park, and we bombard them with tragic anxiety. I really want to incorporate a lot of this in my classroom. I’ve learned some valuable lessons on how I’d like my children to experience and appreciate nature as they grow.