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ERIC Number: EJ1024025
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1472-9679
Provisions for Outdoor Play and Learning in Slovene Preschools
Kos, Marjanca; Jerman, Janez
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, v13 n3 p189-205 2013
This study examined play and learning in the natural environment and on the playgrounds of Slovene preschools. It included 140 preschool teachers and 264 parents of children who attended preschools in 21 Slovene towns. Data were collected through questionnaires with questions referring to time spent outdoors, children's outdoor activities, barriers to outdoor play and learning, opinions regarding safety as well as parents' perspectives of outdoor play and learning. The results show that, on average, Slovene children spend 23% of their time at preschool outdoors during the warm months and 13% during the cold months, of which they generally spend three hours per week in the natural environment during the warm months and 1.5 hours during the cold. Answers to the question about children's activities in nature and on the playground indicate that the potentials offered by the outdoor environment are not effectively used. Parents' opinions show a positive attitude towards outdoor play and learning. The majority of both parents and preschool teachers thus share the opinion that Slovene preschools should dedicate more attention and time to play and learning in the natural environment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway; Slovenia
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