Moving from biophobia to biophilia

Stavreva Veselinovska, Snezana (2007) Moving from biophobia to biophilia. Abstract Book III Congress of Ecologists of the Republic of Macedonia with International Participation and marking the 80-Anniversary of Prof. Dr. Ljupo Grupce's and 60 years active scientific worklife, 1. pp. 195-196. ISSN 978-9989-648-11-3

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Extensive research in children’s development and experience in early childhood has shown that young children.
 Have unique learning styles that match their stages of development, which occur in an orderly sequence during their lives. All domains of development – physical, emotional, social, language and cognitive – change in a predictable way.
 From their values in their earliest years.
The way children learn is completely different from adults, and to be effective, children’s environmental educational environments and programs need to be designer to match children’s developmental needs, interests, abilities and learning styles. Children are active learners. Their best learning occurs when the emphasis is on hands – on interaction, play and discovery rather than on trying to impart knowledge. Children have a natural curiosity that requires direct sensory experience rather than conceptual generalization. To be effective and engage children based upon their developmental abilities and ways of learning, the hands-on sensory experience needs to be immersive and open-ender rather than structured and scripted. When it comes to environmental education, the best learning environmental are informal and naturalistic outdoor nature-scapes where children have unmediated opportunities for adventure self-initiated discovery, exploration and experimentation.
If children's natural attraction to nature is not given opportunities to be flourish during their early years of life, biophobia, an aversion to nature may develop. Biophobia ranges from discomfort in natural places to contempt for whatever is not man-made, managed or air-conditioned. Biophobia is also manifest in regarding nature as nothing more than a disposable resource.
We need to allow children to develop their biophilia, their love for the Earth, before we ask them to save it.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: biophobia, biophilia, environmental education, natural curiosity, children
Subjects: Natural sciences > Earth and related environmental sciences
Natural sciences > Other natural sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Science
Depositing User: Snezana Stavrova Veselinova
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2014 11:12
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2014 11:12

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