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ERIC Number: EJ1108378
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2331-0464
A Young Child's Perspectives on Outdoor Play: A Case Study from Vancouver, British Columbia
Beattie, A. Elizabeth
International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, v3 n1 p38-53 2015
There has been an increasing amount of concern about the lack of direct exposure that young children have to nature and the outdoors in Canada and the United States, leading to an increase in outdoor- and nature-based learning models for young children. However, very little research has been done in the field of early childhood environmental education. In particular, studies investigating young children's perspectives on outdoor learning and environmental education are extremely scarce. This article gives a critical summary of two previous studies that do consider young children's perspectives in relation to environmental education, and then describes a recent case study in which one young child's perspectives on outdoor play were sought. The findings from the three studies are compared. The importance of young children's choice in active, co-constructed environmental education is discussed. As well, the need for early childhood environmental education to take place in locations that are familiar to young children is highlighted.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Vancouver)
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