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ERIC Number: EJ1264524
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2331-0464
Bringing Mythical Forests to Life in Early Childhood Education
Sintonen, Sara
International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, v7 n3 p62-70 Sum 2020
In this article, I have sought to develop an understanding of the contribution of imaginative and nature appreciation in early childhood environmental education dealing with old, cultural nature myths and beliefs. The argument rests on the belief that the basis of a child-environmental education is in imagination which resonates with play, aesthetics and storytelling as old, historical nature myths have a story-like power to transform human perception of the world and our relationship to it. The thinking of the old nature myths and development of early childhood environmental education is in this article relying on new materialism and posthumanist thinking of intra-action (Barad 2003; 2007). This article specifically considers the usage of material "Whisper of the Spirit," which places educators in the position of examining their environmental education practices as relative, evolving and emergent situations in which the old nature myths and the existing material components could have their role and significance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland