Spatial Autonomy Can Promote Children’s Sense of Self

Marty Fortin
Apr 10, 2019

More reasons children should spend more time outdoors.
The exercise of spatial autonomy can promote children’s sense of self with places in their environment
This research used child-led tours to investigate how young children’s spatial autonomy is enacted in two contrasting environments: their home and a forest setting. Spatial autonomy, by inviting children to form a relationship with their environment, can promote agency, a sense of self, self-confidence, and a healthy relationship with their environment.   
Green, 2018. Young children's spatial autonomy in their home environment and a forest setting. 



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