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ERIC Number: EJ908428
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
What's so Interesting Outside? A Study of Child-Initiated Interaction with Teachers in the Natural Outdoor Environment
Waters, Jane; Maynard, Trisha
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v18 n4 p473-483 Dec 2010
The research question addressed in this paper is: What specific elements in the outdoor environment draw children's attention? The new approach to Welsh early years education--the "Foundation Phase: Framework for children aged 3-7 years in Wales" (DCELLS 2008)--requires the inclusion of both teacher-led and child-initiated activities and emphasises the use of outdoor environments for learning and the need to build experience around what interests the child. This paper addresses a gap in the literature pertaining to how an environment can stimulate children's interest and what children choose to talk to their teachers about. Set in a large inner city primary school in South Wales, the research involved audio-visual data collection, transcription and grounded theory analysis. The findings suggest that a natural outdoor space populated with varied and flexible elements, and in particular multiple loose parts, can provide opportunities for teachers to respond to child-initiated interaction and build on children's interests. This is especially pertinent in Foundation Phase settings in Wales at the current time. (Contains 1 note and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Wales)