Promoting Environmental Education Through Digital Media: The Development of an Environmental Education App for Children.
Paisner, Rose H.
- Active environmental learning opportunities for young children are on the decline. This is partially due to parental and societal concerns surrounding children’s outdoor exploration and the development of new forms of mostly electronic entertainment in which so many children engage. This decline affects the new generations not only in their ability to be stewards of our natural world but also may ... read morecontribute negatively to many aspects of their physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development. The review of the literature indicates a need for effective environmental education and identifies media as an applicable learning tool. This study was two-pronged. The purpose of the first phase was to identify best and worst practices in both environmental education and app development. To this end, educators, app developers, and leaders of environmental initiatives were interviewed and asked a series of open-ended questions. Results indicated the need for the creation of effective, developmentally appropriate environmental learning tools and identified concerns that current digital tools are developed without adequate consideration of the educational and developmental needs of students. The second phase of this study applied the information obtained to design a pilot environmental education app for children.read less