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ERIC Number: EJ1141969
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1205-5352
Cultural Transmission at Nature Kindergartens: Foraging as a Key Ingredient
Nugent, Clare; Beames, Simon
Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, v20 p78-91 2015
While nature environments afford food for human consumption, there is a dearth of empirical inquiry that considers foraging as a sustainable, seasonal practice that builds human-nature relations. This gap in the literature is particularly apparent in early childhood education literature. Drawing on observations recorded at two forest-based nature kindergartens in Finland and Scotland, the data illustrate how outdoor learning sites are richly resourced places where foraging practices are mediated by socio-cultural norms. Bourdieu's concept of habitus (1977) is used to consider the ways in which foraging practices, in contrasting early childhood education programs, are hallmarked by "conduit" adults. These adults play a constitutive role in maintaining uncontested, "common sense," quotidian behaviors.
Canadian Journal of Environmental Education. Faculty of Education, Lakehead University, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1, Canada. Fax: 807-346-7771; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland; United Kingdom (Scotland)
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