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Kristi S. Lekies, Thomas H. Beery & Jed D. Brensinger

In: The SAGE Handbook of Outdoor Play and Learning

Chapter 34: Investigating Children's Collecting Behavior Outdoors

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Investigating Children's Collecting Behavior Outdoors
Investigating Children's Collecting Behavior Outdoors
Kristi S. Lekies Thomas H. Beery Jed D. Brensinger

Childhood collecting has been described as one of the 10 essential play experiences of childhood (Gadzikowksi, 2015). Collecting is a widespread behavior among individuals of all ages and is present in diverse societies around the world. Defined as ‘the practice of selecting, gathering, and keeping of objects of subjective value’ (Muensterberger, 1994, p. 4) and ‘the process of actively, selectively, and passionately acquiring and possessing things removed from ordinary use’ (Belk, 1995, p. 67), it has been described as a natural instinct, a serious form of play, a ...

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