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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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The answer was obvious: Naomi Hershiser rated it it was amazing Jan 12, Books by David Sobel.

In the stories told, their forms spring to life in the mind, re-presented in consciousness, training the capacity to imagine. And notice that the project doesn’t touch directly on acid rain or groundwater pollution or drinking water quality or evaporation and condensation.

Children feel implicitly drawn to baby animals; a child feels pain when someone else scrapes her knee. David Sobel writes with clarity how children are being denied what used to be taken for granted as part of childhood–being comfortable with nature and identifying with it.

Beyond Ecophobia : Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education

In response to physical and sexual abuse, children learn distancing techniques, ways to cut themselves off from the pain. The result has been the turning of the tide against math phobia. 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.


Because we had started at their level of developmental fascination, had facilitated empathy through their participation in bird consciousness, we prepared them to objectify and enter the more cognitive realm of bird knowledge. Cultivating relationships with animals, both real and imagined, is one of the best ways to foster empathy during early childhood. 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.

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Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education

An interesting essay for educators and likely parents too. Want to Read saving…. As children begin their forays into the natural world, we can encourage feelings for the creatures living there.

How do we translate these notions into guidelines for environmental education? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jessie rated it it was amazing Apr 28, Here, Sobel identifies ways to teach students to connect to their local earth so they are prepare to tackle the world’s problems at a more developmentally appropriate time.

Marcus Lehmann rated it really liked it Feb 04, One way to find the answer is to figure out what contributes to the development of environmental values in adults. Managing school recycling programs, passing town ordinances, testifying at hearings, planning and going on school expeditions are all appropriate activities at this point. At each of these stages, children desire immersion, solitude, and interaction in a close, knowable world.

I really want to incorporate a lot of this in my classroom.

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They attracted reporters intrigued with the children’s persistence. My fear is that our environmentally correct curriculum will end up distancing children from, rather than connecting them with, the natural world.

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For example, appropriate environmental education about the water cycle can start by engaging children with running water. Aug 26, Ndecker1 rated ecophibia really liked it.

In middle childhood, exploration should take precedence. I propose three phases of environmental curricula during the elementary and middle school years. Great essay for environmental educators. Aug 06, Lee rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 28, Emily Leedy rated it really liked it.

Appropriate curriculum at this age will capitalize on the child’s innate drive to explore the nearby world. Apr 24, David Rudin rated it really liked it. Unable to connect the signs and symbols on the paper with the real world, many children were turning off to math.

Beyond cardboard rainforests If curricula focused on saving the Earth don’t work, what does? Most nature study or environmental education in American elementary schools lasts a matter of weeks, maybe a month. In our environmental wars, the betond has been on saving species, not becoming them.

Their maps push off the edge of the page, and they ebyond need to attach extra pieces of paper to map the new terrain they are investigating. I had to walk with my feet widely apart.