Children, ICT and the Everyday Nature of Social Exclusion

Stavreva Veselinovska, Snezana (2011) Children, ICT and the Everyday Nature of Social Exclusion. In: Lifelong Learning, 2011, Saint-Petersburg.

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For most of human existence, children spent a great deal of their childhood’s outdoors, connecting with nature on a regular basis as they explored fields, farms or wild areas close to their homes. During the last part of the twentieth century, children’s environments became increasingly urbanized at a rapid rate. Gradually, children’s access to the natural world has been shrinking, with alarming results. Researchers have found that a number of societal factors have resulted in a profound change in the way today’s children experience the natural world. The lives of children have radically changed over the course of the past century. No longer is free time spent outdoors inventing games with neighborhood friends or exploring the pockets of nature that existed in backyards or empty lots. A growing body of research has demonstrated that the natural world holds numerous benefits for both children and adults, alike. While it is still mysterious just how the mind, body and spirit gain from exposure to and experiences with nature, empirical evidence forces us to reexamine and rethink the lives of today’s children.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Natural sciences > Computer and information sciences
Social Sciences > Educational sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Science
Depositing User: Snezana Stavrova Veselinova
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2012 11:24
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2012 10:55

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