Mapping the Connections between Wildlife, Learning, and Emotion


  • Jonathan R. Hicks University of Illinois


Among the overriding themes of the seminal American environmental texts of the last two centuries is that humans and animals in close proximity have unique significance for people; on a basic level, being in the presence of wildlife is important for many people. Presently, human- wildlife encounters are increasing and are expected to continue to increase as human and animal populations grow and habitats intersect. As numbers of encounters grow, so too will the potential for emotional responses to wildlife. By chronicling the nuances of personal experiences with wildlife, we might develop a more thorough understanding of how people learn about wildlife through their interactions with animals. By emphasizing the beneficial nature of human-wildlife interaction, and infusing emotion into our understanding of learning processes, the exploration of people's encounters with wildlife will become nuanced and linked to educational strategies.




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