Deconstructing Child-Teacher-Nature Interactions in Diverse Alaskan Contexts


Children perceive and negotiate their environments distinctly from that of an adult. A wild rosebush that stands only knee-high to an adult might tower over a 4- or 5-year-old child. Children’s interactions are not only shaped by the physical features in nature, they are also shaped by children’s own interests as well as familial, cultural, and educational expectations. Utilizing wearable cameras as a research method, this session will explore children’s micro-interactions in nature. Specifically, we interrogate experiences when children’s interactions conflict with adult expectations. We call to question the role of educators in supporting child-nature interactions through culturally responsive pedagogical approaches.