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Title: Exploring the Relationship between Digital Nature Photography and Children’s Connectedness to Nature
Other Titles: Digital nature photographs and youth connectedness to nature
Authors: Spencer, Seth F.
Advisors: Gilbertson, Ken
Beery, Tom
Boyce, Sherry
Keywords: Digital photography
Connectedness to Nature Index
Duluth, Minnesota
Deposit Date: 8-Jun-2012
Abstract: Digital photography can be an enjoyable and exciting activity for children. It may also increase connectedness to nature levels. Questionnaires were sent to four different Duluth, MN area 4th grade classrooms. The questionnaire was comprised of the Connectedness to Nature Index (Cheng & Monroe, 2010) and one open-ended question. The questionnaire was given as a pretest and a posttest, after two of the schools participated in a program using digital cameras. Eight-five percent (n=99) responded to the questionnaire. Findings of the study revealed that the respondents generally had a strong connectedness to nature before and after their use of digital cameras. While quantitative data showed no significant change between pretest and posttest connectedness to nature levels, qualitative and anecdotal data suggested that the use of digital cameras can influence connectedness to nature levels in children. The results may be used to emphasize the importance of finding new and creative ways to connect today’s children with a sense of connectedness to nature.
Description: Presented in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for The Masters of Education in Environmental Education in the College of Education and Human Service Professions, University of Minnesota Duluth, 2012
Committee names: Ken Gilbertson (Chair), Tom Beery, Sherry Boyce.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10792/325
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