Nature Routines and Affinity with the Biosphere: A Casestudy of Preschool Children in Stockholm

Author(s): Giusti, M., S. Barthel, L. Marcus
In: Children, Youth and Environments
Year: 2014
Type: Journal / article
Theme affiliation: Urban
Link to centre authors: Barthel, Stephan, Giusti, Matteo
Full reference: Giusti, M., S. Barthel, L. Marcus. 2014. Nature Routines and Affinity with the Biosphere: A Casestudy of Preschool Children in Stockholm. Children, Youth and Environments 24(3): 16-42.

Summary

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.

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