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ERIC Number: EJ1158456
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2331-0464
Adult Perspectives on Structured vs. Unstructured Play in Early Childhood Environmental Education
Hunter, Joshua; Graves, Cherie; Bodensteiner, Anne
International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, v5 n1 p89-92 Fall 2017
In this research report, the authors explore an early childhood center as it transitions from a traditional playground to an outdoor classroom. Herein, the first phase of this qualitative research project is introduced and a central finding of adult perspectives is explored. The tension inherent in the various adult perspectives concerning the extent of structured lessons versus free play is exhibited. This finding has resonance within the larger literature concerning open ended and pedagogical play and further reveals the differing goals for children's outdoor experiences from teacher, administrator, and parent perspectives.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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