Home & Family Development Faculty Researches Nature Education

September 27, 2013

Writer: Paul Morgan

Returning from her semester fellowship leave, faculty member Lynette Robertson rejoined campus with an abundance of ideas and well-researched concepts designed to strengthen and expand the current curriculum of the Department of Home and Family Development.

During her leave, Robertson conducted extensive research into nature education for children. This movement advocates an increase in children's exposure to nature as a core element of their learning process.

Through this exposure to the natural beauty that is found all around us, children are more able to develop imperative life skills in a healthy and organic way. The research compiled by Robertson demonstrates many unquestionable benefits that derive from such practices.

"There is a growing concern that children are not spending enough time outdoors," Robertson said. "A lot of children seem to becoming more disconnected with their natural environment. Nature education is vital to children's optimal development."

From her research, Robertson was able to formulate ideas and construct a manual that outlines many of the significant elements of nature education for children that can be integrated into the current syllabus to assist children in their development.

Read more articles like this in the September Issue of News & Notes.