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Rural Children’s Representations of the Land

Aquademia, 2022, 6(1), ep22002, https://doi.org/10.21601/aquademia/11892
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ABSTRACT

In this study, we investigated children’s representations of the land while they participated on a place-based environmental education program in a Brazilian rural school. Environmental education activities aimed to foster a critical understanding of children’s contextual reality as residents of a rural settlement associated with the Landless Workers’ Movement (MST). We focused our analysis in the representations of the land, due to the symbolism it carries for farmers and activists for agrarian reform. From the analysis of the materials produced in the activities and the field notes of participatory observation, we identified three categories in children’s representations: (I) land as the provider, (II) land as home and (III) land as the biodiversity. In these categories, we observed children understand land as a constituent of their contextual reality. These results reinforce the pedagogical potential of interacting with land, particularly in the development place attachment and pro-environmental place meanings.

KEYWORDS

landless workers’ movement rural children land representation place attachment place meaning participatory action research

CITATION (APA)

Giron, H., & Ferraro, J. L. (2022). Rural Children’s Representations of the Land. Aquademia, 6(1), ep22002. https://doi.org/10.21601/aquademia/11892
Harvard
Giron, H., and Ferraro, J. L. (2022). Rural Children’s Representations of the Land. Aquademia, 6(1), ep22002. https://doi.org/10.21601/aquademia/11892
Vancouver
Giron H, Ferraro JL. Rural Children’s Representations of the Land. AQUADEMIA. 2022;6(1):ep22002. https://doi.org/10.21601/aquademia/11892
AMA
Giron H, Ferraro JL. Rural Children’s Representations of the Land. AQUADEMIA. 2022;6(1), ep22002. https://doi.org/10.21601/aquademia/11892
Chicago
Giron, Heloísa, and José Luís Ferraro. "Rural Children’s Representations of the Land". Aquademia 2022 6 no. 1 (2022): ep22002. https://doi.org/10.21601/aquademia/11892
MLA
Giron, Heloísa et al. "Rural Children’s Representations of the Land". Aquademia, vol. 6, no. 1, 2022, ep22002. https://doi.org/10.21601/aquademia/11892

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