There has been a growing academic interest in the role of outdoor spaces for play in a child's development. The SAGE Handbook of Outdoor Play and Learning represents a coordinated and comprehensive volume of international research on this subject edited by members of the well-established European Early Childhood Education Research Association Outdoor Play and Learning SIG (OPAL). Chapters written by authors from Europe, North and South America, Australasia, and Asia Pacific countries are organised into six sections: Theoretical Frameworks and Conceptual Approaches for Understanding Outdoor Play & Learning Critical Reflections on Policy and Regulation in Outdoor Play & Learning Children's Engagement with Nature, Sustainability and Children's Geographies Diverse Contexts and Inclusion in Children's Outdoor Play Environments Methodologies for Researching Outdoor Play and Learning Links Between Research and Practice
Chapter 20: Belonging in Nature: Spirituality, Indigenous Cultures and Biophilia
Belonging in Nature: Spirituality, Indigenous Cultures and Biophilia
Drawing from a range of disciplines, this chapter offers a philosophical discussion and review of various perspectives of the natural world and natural systems, considering how these relate to spirituality, well-being, quality of life and the work of educators. In doing so the chapter has a dual purpose: the first is to contextualize philosophically the work of educators and carers seeking to engage children and young people in natural or ‘wild’ environments. The second is to extend the reader's understandings of experiencing nature from various standpoints and theoretical positions outside the outdoor play and learning ...