Engaging children: research issues around participation and environmental learning

  • Barratt Hacking E
  • Barratt R
  • Scott W
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Abstract

In this article we explore a number of issues arising from the papers in this special issue of Environmental Education Research. The papers focus on current examples of childhood environment research in the UK together with research reviews fromt he UK, the US and Australia. In order to provide a freamework for considering and contextualizing this research we explore conceptions of childhood and the field of childhood environment research. Reduced opportunities for children's outdoor environmental experience and resulting concerns for children's well-being are recurring themes in this research field. WE also discuss themes that emerge from our review of the research reported in this special issue, including issues around the engagement of children as environmental stakeholders and their engagement in environmental learning. The article ends with reflectinos on childhood environment research methodologies and an argument for developing participatory research with chldren. The concept of resotrative environmental justice is suggested as a future focus for childhood environment research.

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Authors

  • Elisabeth Barratt Hacking

  • Robert Barratt

  • William Scott

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