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D'Rozario, Vilma
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2017
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The study aims to identify the benefits of nature on well-being through conducting a secondary analysis of primary qualitative datasets. This study takes its cue from an ongoing primary study that began in 2014 by Vilma D’Rozario and Susanna Ho, titled “Understanding educational and well-being implications of learning outside the classroom, specifically in wild habitats”. The primary study was conducted by having face-to-face interviews with eight experienced master nature educators (MNEs), who are recognised and respected leaders and activists within the nature community. The primary study had 14 open-ended questions designed to prompt the MNEs to share their views and insights about their nature education work, educational methods, and the benefits of learning outdoors. The primary dataset was transcribed. A secondary analysis was conducted by re-examining all eight transcripts and qualitatively analysing them to identify common themes that emerged about the benefits of nature on well-being. From the secondary analysis, 10 themes emerged. They were classified into three main categories, namely: (a) Nature gave meaning to life; (b) Nature promoted spiritual well-being; and (c) Restorative effect of nature. The restorative effect of nature, which mainly refers to the physical benefits of nature, its effect on the reduction of mental fatigue and its rejuvenating effects, are consistent with the literature review. Results support the idea that nature promotes spiritual well-being, which is not as well-studied. Responses from the MNEs also revealed that working in nature has given them a sense of purpose and a meaning in life, which keeps them doing the things they do.
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2017
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BF353.5.N37 Won
Appears in Collections:Master of Arts (Counselling & Guidance)

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