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Patterning in childhoodnature

posted on 2018-01-01, 00:00 authored by Shelley HanniganShelley Hannigan, Anna KilderryAnna Kilderry, Lihua XuLihua Xu
This chapter explores patterning as a transdisciplinary approach to conceptualize childhoodnature through the ways patterns of self and environment interconnect, relate, and resonate. In doing so, we aim to critique the compartmentalization of education through discipline foci, space and time limitations, and separations from nature. We argue that despite trends toward integrated and holistic approaches in education, such as STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics), and inquiry-based learning, a deeper, more aesthetic and ecological approach that encompasses childhoodnature is needed. Analyzing research on patterning in the early years of education and development, it has been noted that patterning is mostly conceptualized and understood through discipline-focused lenses, such as in mathematics, science, and the arts. Putting forward the argument that innate knowledge of patterning has been eroded from our everyday lifeworlds, a holistic concept of childhoodnature is required. We contend that knowledge and learning about patterning could enable children to make complex connections with their selves and environment, as ecological and aesthetically engaged learners. Based on eco-critical perspectives and incorpo- rating Indigenous cultural arts, this chapter reconsiders and reconceptualizes ways pedagogies and curricula in education to encompass a more transdisciplin- ary approach with a biophilic focus.


Title of book

Research handbook on childhoodnature: assemblages of childhood and nature research


Springer international handbooks on education


1 - 23



Place of publication

Cham, Switzerland





Publication classification

B1 Book chapter

Copyright notice

2018, Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature


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