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Hello! My name is Whitney Jones. This is my first year at UNC Charlotte and my first year in the education program. I am originally from the state of Georgia and moved to Charlotte to dance with North Carolina Dance Theatre. Now I am a part of the a dance certificate program that involves both UNC Charlotte and North Carolina Dance Theatre. When I am not in school or in ballet I enjoy anything outdoors and spending time with friends. I am looking forward to pursuing a career as an elementary school teacher and learning more about different school systems across the globe.

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  • All children interact with nature.
  • Preserving nature is a global issue.
  • Different cultures interact with nature in different ways.
  • How do children of different cultures interact with nature differently?
  • What common ideas/values are shared across cultures?
  • What kinds of activities do teachers do to encourage student interaction with nature?
  • Do lessons taught in school about the environment change the way students view nature?
  • How does location affect a child's interaction with nature?
  • What influence does technology have on children's interaction with nature?
  • Children in America and Bulgaria spend less time interacting with nature than children of Germany.
  • Possible reasons include higher crime rates, more technology use, and differing societal values.
  • Most chilren understand nature involves the outdoors and includes things like sunshine, water, and animals.
  • Children that live in bigger cities spend less time interacting with nature compared to children that live in smaller towns. This is in part due to higher crime rates in big cities.
  • There is a coorelation between advancement in technology and children's interaction with nature. The more time children spend using technology, the less time they spend interacting with nature. Children in the US average the most time using technology.