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The perception of natural vs. built environments by young childrenAuthor(s): Briavel Holcomb
Source: In: Children, Nature, and the Urban Environment: Proceedings of a Symposium-Fair; Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-30. Upper Darby, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 32-36
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Northeastern Research Station
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DescriptionThis paper questions the assumption that young children need exposure to natural environments for healthy psychological development. Preliminary investigation of the environmental perceptions of 4-year-olds suggests that the distinction between natural and man-made milieux is insignificant to preschoolers, and that they find both kinds of environments similarly fascinating. Both offer rich potential for collecting treasures - an important preschool criterion of environmental satisfaction. The behavioral environments of parent and child are markedly different in the same physical setting.
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CitationHolcomb, Briavel. 1977. The perception of natural vs. built environments by young children. In: Children, Nature, and the Urban Environment: Proceedings of a Symposium-Fair; Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-30. Upper Darby, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 32-36
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