Graduate Project Title

A Curriculum Guide for the Inclusion of Ecopsychology in an Alternative Education Setting

Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

2010

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Department

Education

Committee Chair

Don Woodcock

Second Committee Member

I. Loverro

Third Committee Member

D. Cleary

Abstract

Ecopsychology is a relatively new field. It is a hybrid of environmentalism and psychology. The study of ecopsychology and nature awareness emphasizes that people, chiefly children, need nature in order to maintain brain health. This study examines the impact that nature has on humans, and focuses on the positive impact nature has on students with ADHD, ADD, autism, learning disabilities, students at-risk, and students at large. The author lobbies for a paradigm shift in traditional curriculum to accept and honor the extensive potential for students' emotional and psychical health. The proposed project focuses on creating approaches to integrate and implement ecopsychology sensitive curriculum into high school alternative education classrooms in Washington State. Adoption of such concepts and practices in alternative school settings are discussed.

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