New learning worlds: the significance of nature in the lives of marginalised young people


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Author: Quinn, Jocey


This article explores a hitherto neglected issue: the significance of nature in the learning lives of marginalised young people. Drawing on both post-human and sociocultural perspectives, it develops a theoretical analysis of this important subject. It uses research with 114 young people in jobs without training in rural South-west England to analyse how marginalised young people engage with nature and what they learn from it. It concludes that the intra-activity of young people and nature creates the potential for new worlds and bodies, but ones that are still shaped by social...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Youth; Teaching and learning; Participation; Equity; Sustainability

Keywords: Youth at risk; Learning experience; Learning motivation; Learning process; Education and training opportunity; Educational alternative; Social inclusion

Geographic subjects: England; Great Britain; Europe

Published: London, England: Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 2013

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Journal volume: 34

Journal number: 5

Journal date: 2013

Pages: pp. 716-730

ISSN: 0159-6306, 1469-3739 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 110.313

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