W. George Scarlett
My research and writing interests focus on four different areas: (1) children's and teen's development as 'earth stewards', (2) parents' and teachers' management of children's "problem" behaviors, (3) children's play, and (4) spiritual development throughout the life-span.
With regard to children, teens, and the natural world, today's ecological crises and the fact that more and more children are cut-off from experiencing nature directly makes it imperative that we better understand how best to support caring connections between children, teens and the natural world – especially for their development as the next generation of earth stewards. And how we approach what we take to be children's problem behavior can spell the difference between raising and teaching poorly vs. raising and teaching well. Similarly, children's play is central to providing us with windows on the diverse ways that children show how they are both complex and fascinating as well as strong messages about what supports are needed to help children thrive. As for spiritual development, we humans develop not only through becoming more scientific in our thinking but also through our responding to what mystifies and inspires -- out of which can come powerful patterns of faith that fuel development and sustain us.