Home and Beyond, but Inside Not Outside

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  • Title: Home and Beyond, but Inside Not Outside: Australian and Singaporean Children’s Depictions of Their Environment
  • Author(s): Reesa Sorin
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Arts in Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Arts Education
  • Keywords: Arts-based, Multimedia Teaching and Learning, Environmental Education
  • Volume: 12
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2017
  • ISSN: 2326-9944 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-0306 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2326-9944/CGP/v12i01/15-25
  • Citation: Sorin, Reesa. 2017. "Home and Beyond, but Inside Not Outside: Australian and Singaporean Children’s Depictions of Their Environment." The International Journal of Arts Education 12 (1): 15-25. doi:10.18848/2326-9944/CGP/v12i01/15-25.
  • Extent: 11 pages

Abstract

With a growing disconnect between children and nature, researchers and educators are looking for ways to (re)establish bonds with the environment, and through those bonds to help children to learn about and act sustainably. This article discusses findings of a postcards project between children in Australia and Singapore, where children created drawings and stories of their environments to share with their peers overseas. Through this largely arts-based, multimedia approach, children’s understanding of “environment” increased and their depictions moved beyond their homes to locations further afield. However, for one group, the preference for the indoor environment increased, indicating, as Louv suggests, the need for children to reconnect with nature.