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Gull, Carla; Goldenstein, Suzanne Levenson; Rosengarten, Tricia – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2018
This study examined the benefits and risks associated with tree climbing on child development and resiliency. A mixed method survey instrument was administered to parents of children aged 3-13 years who climbed trees. The survey examined demographics, details of tree climbing activities, and the type of injuries that have resulted from this type…
Descriptors: Child Development, Resilience (Psychology), Risk, Recreational Activities
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Ernst, Julie – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2018
In the context of the importance of nature experiences in supporting development during early childhood and toward encouraging the use of natural outdoor settings with young children, research was undertaken to explore potential relationships among parents' and young children's preferences regarding outdoor play settings and young children's…
Descriptors: Play, Young Children, Parents, Attitude Measures
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Born, Patty – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2018
Using the human-animal bond, relational ecology, and the "common world" framework as theoretical underpinnings, I set out to better understand the array of settings and experiences wherein young children are able to interact, either directly or indirectly with animals within the context of early childhood environmental education (ECEE).…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Animals, Environmental Education, Learning Processes
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Wojciehowski, Mandi; Ernst, Julie – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2018
Creative thinking is valuable and necessary in society today and in the development of solutions to environmental issues. Fostering creative thinking skills and environmental values should begin early in life. The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence that a nature preschool experience has on the development of creative thinking…
Descriptors: Creative Thinking, Creativity, Outdoor Education, Natural Resources
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Ashmann, Scott – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2018
The challenges and successes of planning, implementing, and evaluating a nature-based four-year-old kindergarten program are shared as well as a description of the first years of the program that is designed to enhance the students' academic, physical, social, and emotional development. In addition, a description of how the partnership among a…
Descriptors: Natural Resources, Outdoor Education, Kindergarten, Wildlife
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McVittie, Janet – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2018
This paper reports on a study of day care children, ages 2 years 6 months to almost 5 years old, who visited a naturalized area near their day care once a week, over several months. The focus of this paper is on the embodied learning and expression of children's learning, along with their use of oral language. The children engaged in some…
Descriptors: Play, Natural Resources, Child Care Centers, Young Children
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Hunter, Joshua; Graves, Cherie; Bodensteiner, Anne – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2017
In this research report, the authors explore an early childhood center as it transitions from a traditional playground to an outdoor classroom. Herein, the first phase of this qualitative research project is introduced and a central finding of adult perspectives is explored. The tension inherent in the various adult perspectives concerning the…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Play, Attitude Measures, Playgrounds
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Hughes, Amy Christine; Zak, Kevin; Ernst, Julie; Meyer, Rebecca – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 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…
Descriptors: Play, Weather, Environmental Education, Outdoor Education
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Karlsson, Anneli Bergnell – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2017
Recent educational legislative acts and public debates in Sweden stress the importance of preschools providing playful and meaningful activities to enhance early experiences in environmental and natural science (e.g., Ministry of Education and Research, 2016). The present study investigates three 5-6 year old children making meaning of the concept…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education, Scientific Concepts
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Green, Carie – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2017
This article contributes to the ongoing dialogue regarding what it means to engage young children as active researchers in Early Childhood Environmental Education (ECEE) and Early Childhood Education for Sustainability (ECEfS). Drawing from a participatory and phenomenological framework, this paper considers the advantages, challenges, and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Environmental Education, Student Research
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Yanez, Ruddy E.; Fees, Bronwyn S.; Torquati, Julia – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2017
Regular engagement outside may promote healthy physical and psychological development as well as a respect and appreciation for nature. This exploratory study compared biophilia and attitudes toward nature between young children living in an urban area to those in a rural area. Urban and rural areas may offer different opportunities for exposure…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Attitude Measures, Urban Areas, Rural Areas
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Lithoxoidou, Loukia S.; Georgopoulos, Alexandros D.; Dimitriou, Anastasia Th.; Xenitidou, Sofia Ch. – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2017
Coping with environmental crisis cannot but presuppose a change in the values adopted by modern man. Both ecocentric values associated with creating a caring relationship with nature, and the development of empathy, can become vehicles of transformation towards a society based on ecological principles. In connection with these issues, an…
Descriptors: Ecology, Empathy, Young Children, Environmental Education
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Fisher-Maltese, Carley – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2016
This is an important time to catalyze hope about the environment instead of fear and despair. One such opportunity for hope lies in school garden programs. Most of the scant studies on these settings investigate the health/nutritional impacts, science learning potential, or emotional dispositions of students. However, few studies examine the…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Elementary School Students, Science Instruction, Science Education
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Kiewra, Christine; Veselack, Ellen – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2016
Conducted at two separate natural outdoor classrooms with preschool-aged children from three to five years old, this qualitative research study investigated how outdoor environments supported children's creativity and imagination. Although many studies have explored the development of creative arts in the young children, few have focused on…
Descriptors: Creativity, Preschool Children, Preschool Teachers, Outdoor Education
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Carter, Deborah – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2016
This paper describes a nature-based social-emotional approach to supporting young children's holistic development that can be applied in a range of early childhood settings from forest kindergartens and nature-based preschools to more traditional center-based early childhood programs. "The Social-Emotional and Environmental Education…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Child Development, Holistic Approach
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