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ERIC Number: EJ1225648
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2331-0464
The Nature and Nurture of Resilience: Exploring the Impact of Nature Preschools on Young Children's Protective Factors
Ernst, Julie; Johnson, Michaela; Burcak, Firdevs
International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, v6 n2 p7-18 Spr 2019
Resilience, the capacity to cope with stress and adversity, is universally regarded as a positive and valued trait (LeBuffe & Naglieri, 2012). The purpose of this study was to explore the potential for nature preschools to support the development of initiative, self-regulation, and attachment, which are key protective factors that can offset or moderate the effects of stress and adversity and allow a child to thrive or even by transformed by adversity. The Deveraux Early Childhood Assessment for Preschoolers, Second Edition (DECA-P2) was used in a pretest and posttest of a sample of 78 children who attended nature preschools, as well as in a baseline group of 14 children who attended a non-nature preschool. Results suggest a significant strengthening of these protective factors over the course of a school year in preschool participants who attended a nature preschool. Implications are discussed in the context of the study's limitations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota
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