ERIC Number: EJ913844
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: N/A
Risk Assess: What's Safe? What's Not? Why?
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n194 p86-88 Jul-Aug 2010
"Risk assess!" The words sound like a verbal stop sign. "Stop! Think! Consider!" In this article, the author presents an example of risk assessing that came from a nature education conference in Crieff, Scotland, that she attended as part of an international group of educators seeking ways to increase children's experiences with nature. The sub-theme of the conference was risk. The idea is that widespread risk elimination--replacing rough-barked trees for climbing with cookie-cutter climbers, or shiny images of slugs with slimy slugs to touch and track along muddy forest trails, deprives children of opportunities to develop judgment. This, in turn, makes them vulnerable to far greater dangers. Without the ability to recognize and evaluate risk, children may shun risk, thus missing opportunities for growth and skill development, or take unreasonable risks--because they cannot tell the difference between the two. Hence, the need to "risk assess." This article discusses what "risk assess" means and how to address the risks.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Skill Development, Risk, Adults, Children, Conferences (Gatherings), Evaluation, Teacher Educators, Preschool Education, Teacher Attitudes, Parent Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Primary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)