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Paulsen, Christine Andrews; Carroll, Erin; Paulsen, Olivia; Andrews, Jessica Rueter – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2021
An independent evaluation of an environmental science program that combined digital media with hands-on activities (called "Plum Landing") was conducted in 2020. The study included 32 families with six- to eight-year-old children. The evaluation assessed the extent to which the program was successful at promoting connectedness to nature,…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Young Children, Childrens Attitudes, Family Attitudes
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Arreguín, María Guadalupe – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2021
In this qualitative study, the author investigated nature as a context for language development. Participants included 15 toddlers and their caretakers who enrolled in a series of environmental education workshops on the topics of grass, butterflies, spiders, and leaves. Using field notes and photographs, the study sought to investigate elements…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Parent Education, Bilingual Education Programs, Spanish Speaking
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Furu, Ann-Christin; Valkonen, Satu – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2021
Finnish legislation and policy on early childhood education and care (ECEC) express sustainability as a basic value. The national core curricula state that, during their years in ECEC, all children have the right to develop necessary values, knowledge and skills for living a sustainable life. Furthermore, early years education should be permeated…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Early Childhood Education, Sustainability, Foreign Countries
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Furu, Ann-Christin; Heilala, Cecilia – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2021
The purpose of this article is to report on a study exploring the sustainability work (i.e., practices and pedagogies related to sustainability education) of Finnish early childhood education and care (ECEC) teaching practice settings. Recently, the early years and ECEC have gained increasing attention in sustainability education matters.…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Sociocultural Patterns, Foreign Countries
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Beery, Thomas; Chawla, Louise; Levin, Peter – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2020
This paper examines the meaning, assessment, and development of connection to nature (C2N) in two- to five-year-old children. It grows out of a Connection to Nature Workshop organized by the University of Florida, Stanford University, the North American Association for Environmental Education, and the Children and Nature Network to evaluate…
Descriptors: Young Children, Natural Resources, Animals, Peer Influence
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Sintonen, Sara – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 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,…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Environmental Education, Imagination, Natural Resources
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Dunst, Carl J. – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2020
Young children birth to 6-years of age and their families were each studied for 6 months to identify the everyday family and community activities that were sources of informal everyday learning opportunities. The participants included 115 children with identified disabilities or developmental delays and 91 children without disabilities or delays.…
Descriptors: Young Children, Developmental Delays, Developmental Disabilities, Educational Opportunities
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Ginsburg, Julia L.; Audley, Shannon – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2020
To support a sustainable planet, preschools need to engage young children with sustainability education. In the United States of America (USA), nature-based preschool programs are likely to promote environmental science and nature education, given their outdoor curricula, but very little is known about how these programs might also cultivate…
Descriptors: Climate, Environmental Education, Sustainable Development, Beliefs
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Hunter, Joshua; Syversen, Kristina Brodal; Graves, Cherie; Bodensteiner, Anne – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2020
Recognizing the inherent value in outdoor play and learning for young children, we focused upon the practices and perspectives of adults at an early childhood center as the outdoor play areas were transformed into outdoor classrooms. A salient finding emerging from the data exhibited a gap between constructivist child-led theories of play and…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Play, Teacher Role, Preschool Teachers
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Gull, Carla; Goldstein, Suzanne Levenson; Rosengarten, Tricia – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2020
Gull, Levenson Goldstein, and Rosengarten (2018) examined the benefits and risks associated with tree climbing on child development and resiliency in regards to parental perspectives; however, it lacked a clear male perspective. The recommendations from that study mentioned that 93% of the responses originally came from mothers; hence, the need to…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Parent Attitudes, Fathers, Children
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Zamzow, Jenna; Ernst, Julie – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2020
This study utilized the Minnesota Executive Function Scale to quantitatively explore the influence of nature preschools on executive function skills, which are a critical component of school readiness. Executive function skills are malleable skills that allow goal setting and follow through, skills that determine success in school and beyond. Four…
Descriptors: Executive Function, Preschool Education, Preschool Children, School Readiness
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Burgess, Eva; Ernst, Julie – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2020
Increasing demands of accountability and academic readiness across U.S. preschools are often accompanied by decreased play and time outdoors during the school day. The nature preschool movement, grounded in a desire to foster connection to the natural world while also supporting important developmental processes and school readiness, counteracts…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, School Readiness, Outdoor Education, Natural Resources
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Gull, Carla; Goldstein, Suzanne Levenson; Rosengarten, Tricia – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2020
Tree climbing is one aspect of nature play; however, it is limited in many areas due to fear of liability, heightened safety awareness, unclear policies, accessibility, and restrictive outdoor play time. This study investigated current practices concerning tree climbing in early childhood settings with the objective of creating recommendations,…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Play, Outdoor Education
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Rymanowicz, Kylie; Hetherington, Chelsea; Larm, Brooke – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2020
Farm- and nature-based early childhood education programs have a unique potential to provide young children with skills and experiences that build a strong foundation for future learning and environmental stewardship, but can also to extend positive impacts to families. In this paper, we work to bridge the gap between research and practice by…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Program Effectiveness, Outdoor Education
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MacKeen, Jessica; Wright, Tarah – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2020
Studies have used psychological games testing to measure children's bioaffinity (a child's love of/for or connection to nature) as a result of time spent in nature enriching children's well-being. Discrepancies found between two studies in different countries (Sweden and Canada) informed this research. Both studies used the same bioaffinity…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Environmental Education
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