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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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Malone, Karen; Moore, Sarah Jane – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
This paper draws on a research study that builds on a long and rich history of research in environmental education focusing on the value of learning through everyday experiences with the more than human. This study specially focused on very young children's experiences of ecologies and explored the unique opportunities sensorially rich bodily…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Teaching Methods, Young Children, Ecology
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Wilson, Ruth – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
The concept of nature and how humans relate to nature provide the framework for this philosophical discussion on challenges facing the evolving field of early childhood environmental education. Posthumanistic thinking is proposed as an alternative to what is perpetuated through a more typical Western approach to education. This Western approach…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Philosophy, Environmental Education, Western Civilization
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Nxumalo, Fikile; Villanueva, Marleen – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
This article is situated within ongoing efforts in early childhood education to unsettle extractive relations with the more-than-human world and efforts to situate children's learning within current conditions of environmental vulnerability. The authors discuss some pedagogical and curricular interruptions that emerged from foregrounding…
Descriptors: Water, Early Childhood Education, Indigenous Knowledge, Kindergarten
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Harwood, Debra; Barratt, Jaime; Collier, Diane – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
In this article, we revisit fragments of data from a three-year study, paying close attention to the entanglements and inseparability of child/plastic/snow/GoPro within children's everyday encounters and narratives in an immersive nature-based program in Canada. We query how these entangled ways of being might help inform environmental and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Outdoor Education, Natural Resources, Ecology
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Rotas, Nikki – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
OPAL -- Outdoor Play and Learning, in collaboration with Earth Day Canada, is a national program that encourages outdoor play in public schools across Canada. This paper focuses on the implementation of OPAL in an elementary school in Toronto. The initial implementation strategies of the program are discussed, which include efforts to create a…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Play, Foreign Countries, Public Schools
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Omidvar, Nazanin; Wright, Tarah; Beazley, Karen; Seguin, Daniel – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
The importance of spending time in nature is undeniable for child development, yet from an early age most children's time in nature is restricted. Beginning in preschool, the range and quality of a child's nature experience is restricted by accessibility to nature experiences and pedagogical approaches. This is a problem for building a sustainable…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Education, Environmental Education, Child Care Centers
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Ernst, Julie; Johnson, Michaela; Burcak, Firdevs – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
Resilience, the capacity to cope with stress and adversity, is universally regarded as a positive and valued trait (LeBuffe & Naglieri, 2012). The purpose of this study was to explore the potential for nature preschools to support the development of initiative, self-regulation, and attachment, which are key protective factors that can offset…
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), Early Childhood Education, Attachment Behavior, Metacognition
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Barrable, Alexia – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
The importance of young children learning about the natural environment has been recognised in policy and curricular frameworks around the world. Moreover, there has been a call for children to spend more time outdoors and to reconnect with nature. However, the distinct construct of nature connectedness has not been examined in detail in relation…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Environmental Education, Outdoor Education, Educational Objectives
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Muthukrishnan, Rani – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
Picture books have the potential to engage students in multimodal ways of learning in early education setting. This pilot study aims to investigate the efficacy of using picture books specifically written to convey increasingly complex ecosystem concepts and their influence on introducing ecoliteracy to first-grade students. Under the central…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Teaching Methods, Environmental Education, Ecology
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Crandell, Sunny – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
Preschool teachers are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of nature connection during early childhood, including the development of healthy bodies, social-emotional competency and eventual academic success (Sobel, 2015; Warden, 2012). However, for many preschools located in urban settings, the question isn't whether nature connection is…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Preschool Education, Outdoor Education, Physical Environment
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Fyfe-Johnson, Amber L.; Saelens, Brian E.; Christakis, Dimitri A.; Tandon, Pooja S. – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
Children who spend more time outdoors are more physically active and have fewer behavioral problems than those who spend less time outdoors. No studies to date have evaluated physical activity and behavioral outcomes in an exclusively outdoor nature preschool setting. The aim of this study was to examine differences in objectively measured…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Parent Attitudes, Beliefs, Preschool Education
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