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ERIC Number: EJ1004133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1387-1579
Calm Active and Focused: Children's Responses to an Organic Outdoor Learning Environment
Nedovic, Sonya; Morrissey, Anne-Marie
Learning Environments Research, v16 n2 p281-295 Jul 2013
This study reports on children's observed responses to natural features introduced in the redevelopment of a childcare centre garden. Using an action research approach, the redevelopment was based on the preferences of the director, staff and 18 three- to four-year-olds, as expressed through interviews, conversations, photographs and drawings. Adults and children overwhelmingly preferred natural elements. The kindergarten teacher and assistant observed children's responses to the implementation of features including a teepee, mulch, greenery, flowers, and loose organic materials. In follow-up interviews, they reported positive child responses including: richer imaginative play; increased physical activity; calmer, more focused play; and positive social interactions. These findings provide further evidence of the importance of providing children with naturalized outdoor play spaces.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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