Psych essay 2 Draft:

Based on what you’ve discovered about the relationship between nature and learning, how will your behaviour/approach to both learning and nature change in the future?

To address this question you will need to consider and reflect on:

What you have discovered about the link between nature and learning – we will look at this in spring term.

How you will change your behaviour / approach towards both nature and learning as a result of what you’ve discovered, and why you will make these specific changes relationship between nature and learning.

Nature Relieves Stress

Contact With Nature Boosts Self-Discipline

Student Motivation, Enjoyment, and Engagement Are Better in Natural Settings

Theories relating to nature :

‘Restorative’ potential of nature > aids learning

Attention Restoration Theory – key framework for framing and explaining nature-learning links

Mentally fatigued – learning impaired

Exposure to nature – mental resources recover – better able to learn

Examined relationships between cognitive function and multiple forms of nature exposure e.g.:

‘Greenness’ of environment

Green views

Images of nature

Learning and physical activities completed outdoors

Experiments and observational studies

Green views :

Related to cognitive function and academic performance

Views of a natural scene > better attention (Li and Sullivan, 2016; Tennessen and Cimprich, 1995)

More green views > higher test scores, graduation rates, college attendance (Matsuoka, 2010)

Green views > better performance, greater satisfaction with course (Benfield et al., 2015)

Green micro breaks – computer images – improves cognitive function (Lee et al., 2015)

Cognitive function improved after viewing images of nature, not after viewing images of urban environments (Berman et al., 2008)

Schools in greener neighbourhoods > higher test scores (Wu et al., 2014)

Schools in greener neighbourhoods > no relationship to maths scores, better English scores (Hodson & Sander, 2017)

More trees around home and school > better reading scores,  to a lesser extent maths scores (Donovan et al., 2018)