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Green, Carie – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2022
This article presents Family Nature Tours as a participatory method for exploring children's human and more-than-human-nature interactions within the context of the family. Through equipping children with wearable cameras during family-led outdoor activities, this qualitative study provides insight on what non-rural Alaskan families consider…
Descriptors: Tourism, Natural Resources, Ecology, Child Behavior
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Ernst, Julie; Budnik, Leah – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2022
In light of the significance of empathy in prosocial and conservation behavioral contexts, and with its relevance to social-emotional learning, which is an emphasis in early childhood education, empathy is a timely and meaningful construct to study within the context of nature preschools. Thus, a program evaluation was conducted to explore the…
Descriptors: Empathy, Recreational Facilities, Outdoor Education, Preschools
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Born, Patty – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2022
In the United States, early childhood programs inclusive of nature experiences for young children vary widely in terms of time spent outdoors; purpose of the program, approaches to use of the environment, curricular aims and support of young children's development. A commonality across many of these early childhood programs available in the United…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Education Programs, Faculty Development
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Grady, Ronald – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2022
Children are constantly working to make sense of themselves, their experiences, and their worlds. One way that children tend to do this is through creating artifacts. By engaging in discussions around, and interacting with these artifacts, teachers and educators are able to gain further insight into the experiences of children. Through observing…
Descriptors: Maps, Preschool Education, Forestry, Learning Experience
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Dean, Steph N.; Elliott, Sue – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2022
Global environmental changes and substantial social justice issues are impacting all, raising significant concerns for the Earth's future. There is a need for equitable education as an avenue towards addressing these sustainability challenges. This qualitative content analysis study examined a representation of the concerns and interests of…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Equal Education
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Scogin, Stephen C.; D'Agostino, Sophia R.; Trent-Brown, Sonja; Gall, Andrew – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2022
Nature-based preschool programs continue to grow in popularity across the world. These programs provide children with critically important experiences and help them gain skills that contribute to early school success and accomplishments later in life. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and mandatory lockdowns resulted in reduced opportunities for…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Caregivers, Preschool Education
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Schaefer, Lyn – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2022
The first purpose of this qualitative study was to explore self-reported significant life experiences of early childhood educators to determine whether experiences of traditional pre-K educators differed from those who taught in nature-based programs. The second purpose was to explore whether these experiences influenced their teaching practices.…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Outdoor Education, Comparative Analysis
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Beery, Thomas; Fridberg, Marie – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2022
Connectedness to nature (C2N) shows a positive relationship with many factors supporting children's health, wellbeing, and development. In addition, C2N has been shown to have a positive relationship with learning about and caring for nature. Despite a long history of outdoor education in early childhood settings in Sweden, C2N is not a concept…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Natural Resources, Teacher Attitudes, Outdoor Education
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Lerstrup, Inger; Chawla, Louise; Heft, Harry – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2021
Employing the theoretical framework of ecological psychology, this article uses observations of children in a Danish forest preschool to identify features of the forest that the children engaged with frequently, with a particular focus on affordances of "small animals." The article describes children's fascination and interactions with…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Natural Resources, Outdoor Education
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Ärlemalm-Hagsér, Eva; Samuelsson, Ingrid Pramling – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2021
In Sweden, the national parliament has adopted objectives to implement the United Nations (UN) "2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" (UNESCO, 2017). Sweden's objectives are more ambitious and far-reaching in several policy areas than the targets listed in the 2030 Agenda and outlined in the report "Agenda 2030 and Sweden:…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Sustainable Development, Objectives
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Boileau, Elizabeth; Dabaja, Ziad F.; Harwood, Debra – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2021
In 2015, Canada adopted the UN 2030 agenda for sustainable development and committed to its 17 sustainable development goals aiming to address issues of social, economic and environmental nature (United Nations, n.d.). Although Canada proposed an Indicator Framework with measurable targets to track progress on certain goals, these are still in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Environmental Education, Sustainable Development
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Sonter, Lisa J.; Kemp, Sharon – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2021
The Brundtland (1987) report challenged the perception that the environment was somehow separate from humans and the more recent Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (UNESCO, 2015) have emphasised the pressing need for sustainable development to meet the needs of current and future generations. As progress towards meeting the SDGs by 2030 was not…
Descriptors: Sustainable Development, Early Childhood Education, Educational Change, Educational Practices
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Beasy, Kim; Emery, Sherridan; Nailon, Di; Boyd, Diane – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2021
Skills 4 Kids (S4K) Cafes is a program of intergenerational community skill-sharing events that offers a form of professional learning for early childhood educators to connect with SDG 4 Quality Education. The S4K model is an alternative 'side by side' approach to supporting educators to develop their pedagogical practice in the community, while…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Teachers, Faculty Development, Intergenerational Programs, Educational Quality
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Hirst, Nicky; Wilkinson, Catherine – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2021
The focus on early childhood education for sustainability within children's literature is part of a mindful shift towards a more critical praxis with young children, families, communities and students in higher education. This paper reports on qualitative pedagogic research undertaken as part of a first-year module in an undergraduate Early…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Authors, Childrens Literature, Early Childhood Education
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Waite, Kim – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2021
In our interconnected world, what does it mean to teach global environmental issues to young children? Using theoretical foundations from the social justice learning community and child-directed, inquiry-based learning best practices, this practitioner reflection details a seven-week, student-centered, interdisciplinary learning experience…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Social Justice, Inquiry, Student Centered Learning
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