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Natural Childhood report (2012)
Author and TV producer Stephen Moss charts years of academic research and a steady stream of surveys on the subject, highlighting how a generation of children is finally losing touch with the natural world.
The report outlines a clear need to tackel the rise of Nature Deficit Disorder, a term coined by the US based writer Richard Louv, to describe a growing dislocation between children and nature.
The Common Cause Handbook (2011)
The Handbook outlines what values are; how they relate to frames; why they are important in addressing major national and international problems; and how they change over time. It argues for more involving and participatory groups and organisations, and emphasises the importance of working together across different organisations to help foster more intrinsic values in society.
Every Child Outdoors (2010)
It also explores some of the consequences of the reduction of such experiences and, sadly, the increasingly used term of Nature Deficit Disorder to describe the phenomenon.
Meeting Environmental Challenges: The Role of Human Identity (2009)
Download the whole WWF book here or click here for a pdf of the summary
LOtC Consultation: Should there be a Quality Badge for freelance providers working with young people outside the classroom? (2009)
Forest School: Evidence of Health Benefits in Young People in Scotland (2009)
In developing the strategy for Every Child Matters, the New Economics Foundation has suggested that natural environments can help promote mental well-being in young people but there is very little empirical evidence to support this link in the UK. Much of the research to date has been generated in the US suggesting natural settings can promote psychological restoration in children, particularly cognitive restoration. Restoration is a term that refers to the process of recovery from a depleted physiological, psychological and/or social resource.
In this research, the evidence base within a UK context is extended, specifically, to explore whether forest settings could offer psychological benefits to adolescents with varying emotional needs.
Physical Activity at Forest School (2009)
Childhood and Nature: A Survey on Changing Relationships with Nature Across Generations (2009)
Natural England commissioned England Marketing to undertake a survey to explore the difference in contact with nature between todays generation of children compared with the contact children from their parents generation had.
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