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ERIC Number: EJ1158463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2331-0464
Exploring the Intersection of Beliefs toward Outdoor Play and Cold Weather among Northeast Minnesota's Formal Education and Non-Formal EE Communities
Hughes, Amy Christine; Zak, Kevin; Ernst, Julie; Meyer, Rebecca
International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, v5 n1 p20-38 Fall 2017
In a notoriously cold-seasoned region, this paper explored how our formal education and non-formal environmental education (EE) gatekeepers of Northeastern Minnesota regard the importance of outdoor play and cold weather for young students. This research study explored the relationship between participant gatekeepers' beliefs of the benefits outdoor play and beliefs toward cold weather. Using online survey research, this descriptive study found both formal and non-formal EE educational communities to have overall, positive beliefs toward the benefits of outdoor play, however, significant differences between formal education gatekeepers and non-formal EE gatekeepers' beliefs toward cold weather emerged. Results from this study point toward differences between the institutional influence of formal and non-formal EE, and invite discussion for possible implications on early childhood students' opportunities for outdoor play in cold weather. Strategies for educational gatekeepers were also presented to support early childhood opportunities for outdoor play in cold weather, fostering year-round well-being and resilience of young students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota
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