Portland State University. Department of Geography
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Master of Arts (M.A.) in Geography
1 online resource (xvi, 228 pages)
This qualitative research, conducted over three months from late monsoon season into early fall of 2018 with twenty-six children and thirteen adults, explores how children in the hills of Rautamai Gaunpalika, Province 1, Nepal come to know their local environment. Semi-structured interviews with children, their family members, and teachers, and participant observation with children as they worked and played in forests, fields, and streams, suggest that outside of school, children come to know their local environment in the following ways: through participation in and application of knowledge to subsistence practices; through collaborative learning and teaching in mixed-age groups; through relationships with animals, insects, plants, and deities; and through embodied and sensory engagements with place. These interviews, along with participant observation at a school, also suggest that while school environmental learning is quite different, it does, in some ways, connect to children's everyday learning about their environment, and that children draw on school environmental learning in ways they find meaningful. This research adds children's experiences and perspectives to scholarship on human-environment relationships in Nepal and the broader Himalayan region, and contributes to discussions on localizing school learning and connecting school learning to children's everyday environmental knowledge in Nepal and beyond.
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Love, Elsie Nicole, "Coming to Know the Local Environment: Children's Experiences in Rautamai Gaunpalika, Nepal" (2022). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 5931.