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The Children, Youth and Environments network disseminates knowledge and stimulates discussion to support inclusive, sustainable and healthy environments for children and youth everywhere.
The CYE network connects a global community and provides an online forum for active discussion, resource sharing, and the publication of a peer-reviewed online journal.
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Inside this issue, you will find diverse scholarly work that spans across the globe. We first stop in Vancouver where Hutton and coauthors analyzed interview data with children ages 10–13 to identify seven design principles for urban public landscapes that support play for tweens. Next, we make our way across the Atlantic and arrive in the Netherlands where van Tol and coauthors investigated 11- and 12-year old’s nature connectedness to reveal that although children enjoy being in nature, they lack emotional affection toward the natural world and possess human-centric images of nature. We then head west, back to North America, to California where Dahl and Cushing revealed that garden-based pedagogies had significant, positive impacts on fourth graders’ environmental literacy, especially pro-environmental awareness, attitude and behavior. Hopping over to Texas, Hite and White examined Hispanic fourth and fifth grade students’ knowledge, understanding, and agency throughout a year-long after-school club on endangered marine species and oceanic conservation to reveal knowledge gains and reported perceptions of agency. Heading north, we arrive back in Vancouver where Bauer and coauthors explored how natural environments shaped the experiences of 10–13-year-olds and influenced their development of microcultures to develop two overarching themes: (1) children played in natural environments to which they had sentimental attachments; and (2) children developed microcultures away from adults. For our last stop on our global adventure, we head to the southern hemisphere and arrive in Australia. Here, Green examines youth, ages 9–17 years, perspectives about transition and climate change adaptation in regional Gippsland, Victoria to reveal four main themes: (1) youth values, (2) perceptions of energy, transition and adaptation, (3) the enabling role of climate literacy for youth; and (4) responding to a just transition through collective endeavors. We continue with The Place of Children: Poverty and Promise, a paper in which van Vliet-- reviews a project from 2008-09 that raised awareness of the challenges faced by children among the urban poor worldwide and recognized their contributions to their families and communities. In the paper, van Vliet-- provides updates on those who participated in the ethnographic fieldwork. This issue also includes a report from the field where Beeth and coauthors share their experience with an instructional activity that engaged preservice elementary teachers in understanding the natural world through phenology – directed observation of the natural world that builds conscious awareness of and connections with a natural area. We wrap this issue with two book reviews: Yeo’s review of Public Space Reader edited by Miodrag Mitrašinović and Vikas Mehta, and Chawla’s review of Schools That Heal: Design with Mental Health in Mind by Claire Latané. Happy reading!
Once again, we would like to remind our readers that we are delighted to announce that Children Youth and Environments has signed a new deal with University of Cincinnati Press (https://ucincinnatipress.uc.edu). Our backlist will continue to be available through JSTOR. The University of Cincinnati Press is committed to publishing rigorous, peer-reviewed, leading scholarship accessibly to stimulate dialog between the academy, public intellectuals and lay practitioners. The Press works with authors and editors to erase disciplinary to address common problems in our global community. UC Press looks for projects across the humanities, social sciences and STEM fields focusing on social justice and community engagement.
We are delighted to announce that Children Youth and Environments has signed a new deal with University of Cincinnati Press (https://ucincinnatipress.uc.edu). Our backlist will continue to be available through JSTOR.
The University of Cincinnati Press is committed to publishing rigorous, peer-reviewed, leading scholarship accessibly to stimulate dialog between the academy, public intellectuals and lay practitioners. The Press works with authors and editors to erase disciplinary to address common problems in our global community. UC Press looks for projects across the humanities, social sciences and STEM fields focusing on social justice and community engagement.
As this issue of Children, Youth and Environments (CYE) goes to press, living, working, learning, and playing exclusively in home environments have been the norm for millions of people across the globe while the COVID-19 pandemic continues its community spread. Some people only find the situation an inconvenience, but manageable. Too many others are besieged with job loss, inadequate housing, and mental health issues and we would like to express our hope for worldwide compassion toward those whose needs are immeasurable and for those who have lost loved ones to the coronavirus. We respect and applaud the health care providers and other essential workers who are on the frontline in the fight to reduce virus casualties and ensure basic needs for others are met. We encourage everyone to adhere to the guidelines set forth by the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control as businesses and services re-open.
The Editors of Children, Youth and Environments express our sorrow to the family and friends of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others who have lost loved ones in senseless acts of violence fueled by systemic racism. We stand with people of color who have experienced discrimination, implicit bias, oppression, racism, and violence and support the activism of our youth who are unifying and demanding accountability and change.
At CYE, our mission is to disseminate knowledge and stimulate discussion that supports inclusive, sustainable and healthy environments for children and youth everywhere. We are committed to publishing articles that reflect and value the racial, cultural, and economic diversity present in children’s environments and for informed research, practice, and opinions to influence action and policy. Although not an exhaustive list, please see the references in chronological order below.
We call on researchers and practitioners to expand the knowledge base by submitting proposals for special issues of the journal, research papers, field reports, and position papers that examine how environments, design, projects, and programs influence experiences of equality, oppression, racism, safety, violence, and well-being for children and youth, as well as their efforts to organize and advocate for more equitable environments. Together, we can stand against racism and work towards creating environments that fully support equality for all people.
Rhonda Brown, Victoria Carr, Vikas Mehta, & Leslie Kochanowski
Vol. 9, No. 1, 1992
Sharon E. Sutton
Vol. 11, No. 1, 1994
Children's Perceptions of Income-related Housing (pp. 26-35)
Ann Sloan Devlin
Vol. 12, No. 1, 1995
Parent–Child Visits in Jails (pp. 25-38)
Vol. 16, No. 1, 2006
Urban Los Angeles from Young People's Angle of Vision (pp. 340-351)
Vol. 16, No. 1, 2006
John Logan, Deirdre Oakley and Jacob Stowell
Vol. 17, No. 2, 2007
Maria de los Angeles Torres
Youth Speak Out Coalition and Kristen Zimmerman
Vol. 17, No. 4, 2007
Jennifer Kofkin Rudkin and Alan Davis
Vol. 19, No. 1, 2009
Ron Eglash and Audrey Bennett
Vol. 20, No. 2, 2010
Ben Kirshner and Kimberly Geil
Vol. 22, No. 1, 2012
Lorraine E. Maxwell and Suzanne L. Schechtman
Vol. 23, No. 3, 2013
Jennifer D. Adams
Vol. 25, No. 3, 2015
Elena T. Broaddus, Liana S. Przygocki and Peter J. Winch
Rachel D. Kroencke, Kelly A. Hoormann, Elizabeth F. Heller, Jessica M. Bizub, Corey J. Zetts and Kirsten M. M. Beyer
Vol. 27, No. 1, 2017
Vol. 28, No. 1, 2018
Vol. 29, No. 1, 2019
Shantel D. Crosby, Desmond Patton, Dustin T. Duncan and Jocelyn R. Smith Lee
Vol. 30, No. 1, 2020
Jacqueline Tejada, Stephanie Nisle and Jeffrey M. Jenson
Youth Call BS on Politicians: Will They Influence Gun Control?
Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) stated that life in a society where “every man is enemy to every man” and where individuals “live without other security than what their own strength and their own invention shall furnish them” limits their well-being consequentially with “no knowledge of the face of the earth; no account of time, no arts, no letters, no society, and, which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death, and the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.”
The horrific loss of 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, another US school shooting in which youths’ lives were cut short by a semi-automatic rifle has spurred youth’s grief into activism.
The editors at Children, Youth, and Environments commend these youth as they call out politicians using their own moral authority based on emotions and losses intimate to the gun laws debate and other safety reforms.
As these youths appear on television programs, demonstrate at the capitol, and ask poignant, but too often unanswered questions to politicians, we applaud their voices as they advocate for safe environments and the societal norms they want, a society in which they are not living in continual fear of a violent death.
It is their future and the future of subsequent generations that they are advocating for as they call BS to excuses that have not protected them and may have, in fact, promoted brutish, violent tragedies incompatible with a society replete with commodities that promote men and women’s well-being. Historians will document whether or not these youth’s activism will make a difference. Current events, however, suggest that it is time to listen to the voices of the next generation.
CYE invites research and field reports related to youth’s efforts to advocate for safe and enriching environments. CYE has published articles in the past related to these topics. Examples are listed below and in the Discussion page.
The Columbine School: A Principal Reflects on the Influence of School
Columbine Elementary School
This paper, written by the principal of a Colorado elementary school, explores the interplay between various educational and environmental factors associated with the school’s design. The design was originally intended to create support for a bond issue that would allow the school to be built, to promote an exciting “tree house” feeling in each classroom, and to encourage a feeling of integration with the surrounding environment. In the five years since the school was built, the design has exerted a continuing influence on educational programs, activities and events. This paper presents examples of some of the recent issues which demonstrate the persistent and often prevailing influence of design on school climate and function.
Keywords: children, school design