The relationship between natural resources and children's interaction with nature in experimental primary schools: a study on environmental settings and curriculum in Taiwan’s experimental primary schools

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The intellectual development of children has always been a crucial part of education. However, traditional education in Taiwan often leads to a limited understanding of the local community and a lack of interaction with nature and the community, thus impacting their developmental rights. In recent years, the Ministry of Education has promoted the “Outdoor Education Program” to encourage schools to lead students out of the campus and engage with nature. Unfortunately, COVID 19 has hindered the implementation of this program. Experimental schools, on the other hand, have integrated natural resources into their spaces early on. Therefore, through researching how these schools utilize natural resources to support the curriculum, we hope to evaluate the assistance and limitations provided by different natural environmental experiences while considering the rights of children’s development. This study aims to provide a framework for adjusting campus and surrounding environmental planning within the context of traditional education in Taiwan. Keywords: children, natural resources, interaction with nature, experimental primary school, COVID 19 epidemic
Book of proceedings: 35th AESOP Annual Congress Integrated planning in a world of turbulence, Łódź, 11-15th July, 2023
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