Traditionally, a child’s socialization in the natural world requires access to environmental stimuli, role models to aid in interpreting it, such as a parent or guardian and significant life experiences to form a connection with nature through a type of environmental communication. In 2019, six participant groups (n = 6), consisting of a child, ages 4–7, and adult, were surveyed for pre and post-interest in nature after co-reading an environmentally oriented e-book written by the primary researcher. This study utilized several interactive components to mimic a child’s natural development outdoors within the e-book in order to discern a child’s level of interest in nature. These components included engagement through sensory stimuli, as well as a shared adult/child co-reading of the e-book. A pre-survey was sent electronically to participant groups prior to receiving the e-book to collect initial data. Participant groups were then given a timespan of two weeks in which to read the e-book. After the two weeks, a post-survey was sent to collect reactions to the e-book. The results suggest that the environmentally oriented e-book may support, but not increase, a child’s interest in a nature at this current time.
|School Location:||United States -- North Carolina|
|Source:||MAI 81/4(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Environmental education, Early childhood education, Information Technology|
|Keywords:||Child, eBook, Interest, Nature|
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