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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Kimberly Snyder rated it it was amazing Nov 12, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. One problem we have in schools is premature abstraction — we teach too abstractly, too early.

Most nature study or environmental education in American elementary schools lasts a matter of weeks, maybe a month. Return to Book Page. We were walking through a giant culvert following this stream that runs behind the school and through the Nature Area. Through analyzing these maps and doing interviews and beyoond trips ecophobiia these same children, I have found clear patterns of development in the relationship between the child and his or her expanding world.

Feb 27, Lindsey rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jun 01, Ruby rated it it was amazing. I wanted the children to experience the thrill of posing a question and working directly to find the answer. Mar 31, Leah rated it really liked it. No rainforest curriculum, no environmental action, just opportunities to be in the natural world with modeling by a responsible adult. Instead, we make children do workbooks in kindergarten, we beeyond seven year-olds watch Jurassic Park, and we bombard them with tragic anxiety.

If you love the earth and love children, this is a must read! Rather, we should be attempting to engage children more deeply in knowing the flora, fauna, and character of their own local places. Beyond Ecophobia is a very quick read, but it packs a pretty powerful punch into those few pages. More bird games followed. Fear of just being outside. The search challenged the class’s map-making skills; similarly, an adventure into the unknown stimulated the children’s writing.


As children begin their forays into the natural world, we can encourage feelings for the creatures living there.

Activism beyond the local is something more appropriate bfyond adolescence. But it makes very compelling points about connecting children with nature before educating them.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I especially appreciated the way in which David Sobel addresses the cognitive readiness regarding when younger generations should be introduced to environmental concerns.

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Dec 31, Brandon rated it really liked it. Read the Whole Terrain interview of David Sobel about this book. From Brattleboro, Vermont, to Berkeley, California, school children are learning about tapirs, poison arrow frogs, and biodiversity.

An interesting essay for educators and likely parents too. In response to physical and sexual abuse, children learn distancing techniques, ways to cut themselves off from the pain.

We gathered a bunch of large refrigerator boxes, cut them into sheets, and had the children lie down on top of eccophobia, on their backs with arms outstretched. Jul 22, Julia rated it really liked it. By the next day, children started to notice the birds around camp.

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Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education

In the stories told, their forms spring to life in the mind, re-presented in consciousness, training the capacity to imagine. Very quick read more like a pamphlet.


I looked up it and saw the grate 20 feet above me. Preview — Beyond Ecophobia by David Sobel. David Millstone, a fifth grade teacher in Norwich, Vermont, organized an expedition with his class in which they would follow a stream, not knowing where the stream would lead them.

Beyond Ecophobia : Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education

How do we translate these notions into guidelines for environmental education? It is ecophobiz very short book, more like a long essay. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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.

I had to walk with my feet widely apart. A flock of birds leaped into action, flying through the byeond, exploring life as birds. Books by David Sobel. To ask other readers questions about Beyond Ecophobiaplease sign up.

Each child had an individualized set of wings. Bsyond educators have recently realized that premature abstraction was one of the major causes of math phobia among children ecohpobia the primary grades.

Aug 26, Ndecker1 rated it really liked it. Beyond Ecophobia speaks to teachers, parents, and others interested in nurturing in children the ability to understand and care for nature. In our environmental wars, the emphasis has been on saving species, not becoming them.