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Nurturing Biophilia: Merlin And Sanderling, Donald J. Burgess Jan 2017

Nurturing Biophilia: Merlin And Sanderling, Donald J. Burgess

Secondary Education

The author develops a narrative of Merlin predation to illustrate the growth of biophilia. Initially descriptive, the story evolves by following an iterative process of questioning and relationship building, which leads to an informed and purposeful application of biophilia.


What If Your Father Were A Chickadee: What I Observed Today, Donald J. Burgess Jan 2014

What If Your Father Were A Chickadee: What I Observed Today, Donald J. Burgess

Secondary Education

In any attempt to make sense of the natural world, field naturalists are subject to observational bias and must consider their own interpretive process as they record and interpret field notes. Recounting a narrative about fledgling chickadees, the author utilizes a six-step model for analysis of field experience. The five levels of representation are experienced recursively and involve a primary experience that is first attended to, shared, transcribed as field notes, analyzed, and finally offered for others to collaboratively read and respond.


Listening To Children: Perceptions Of Nature, Donald J. Burgess, Jolie Mayer-Smith Jan 2011

Listening To Children: Perceptions Of Nature, Donald J. Burgess, Jolie Mayer-Smith

Secondary Education

This exploratory study investigates children’s perceptions and experiences of nature during a residential outdoor environmental education program and contributes to an understanding of how nature experiences arouse biophilia, a love of life and all living things. Using interviews, naturalistic observation, and artifact collection, we studied children’s responses to nature during and following their participation in a residential environmental education program known as Mountain School. We explored how an examination of biophilic sensibilities can help researchers and educators focus on the vital intersection between the individual, environment, and action. Our study suggests that children’s perceptions of nature are ...