Understanding Children's Connections to the Environment in the U.S. and Singapore: Implications for Geography Educators
The Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education
With global environmental changes comes the need for a greater awareness of relationships between people and places reflected in foundational ideas. Remarkably little is known about this topic, particularly from the child's perspective. This paper is framed by socio-constructivist theory and draws on qualitative data (drawings) from Singapore and the U.S. to describe and contrast how children see themselves in relation to the environment. It also initiates conversation about the implications of these findings for geography educators, particularly the need to move toward an integrated and holistic conception of human-environment interactions.
geography, foundational ideas, drawings, geography education
Wee, B. (2009). Understanding children's connections to the environment in the U.S. and Singapore: Implications for geography educators. Research in Geographic Education, 11(2), pp. 79-93.