That’s not MY Gruffalo!

Hayes, Tracy ORCID logo ORCID: and Larmour, Caroline (2015) That’s not MY Gruffalo! In: Royal Geographical Society (RGS) with Institute of British Geographers (IBG) Annual International Conference: Children and Nature in the Anthropocene, 2-4 September 2015, University of Exeter, UK. (Unpublished)

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Our presentation will share some Tracy’s research, a qualitative exploration into young people’s relationship with the natural environment made through facilitated programmes. Within her research she makes use of creative approaches, both to elicit data and to present her findings. She purposively aims to write in an engaging and lively manner: using writing as a method of inquiry, it becomes a ‘dynamic, creative process’, a ‘way of making sense of the world’ One of her main approaches is the use of stories, to illustrate key points and to explore particular issues in more detail. This presentation will start with one of her stories. Caroline will then lead us all in a shared exploration of this story, followed by a wider discussion on the impact of activities promoting children’s (re)-connection with nature. This will focus on the use of familiar stories that may be presented in unfamiliar places. Using stories is an approach with which most people feel comfortable, a familiar method used since ‘ancient times’ based on a recognisable, shared language ‘that contributes to shared meaning’. However what happens when the story is ‘moved’ to an unrecognisable, non-shared place?

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Departments: Academic Departments > Health, Psychology & Social Studies (HPSS) > Children, Youth, Families and Community Work
Depositing User: Tracy Hayes
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2017 10:41
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 13:46


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