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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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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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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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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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Cordiano, Tori S.; Lee, Alexis; Wilt, Joshua; Elszasz, Audrey; Damour, Lisa K.; Russ, Sandra W. – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
Time spent outdoors benefits children's physical, social and psychological development, although children today spend far less time outdoors than children of previous generations. The nature-based school initiative has grown in popularity as a means of increasing children's connection with nature and harnessing its benefits for their educational…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Kindergarten, Outdoor Education, Program Effectiveness
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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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Crawford, Elizabeth O.; Luke, Nancy; Van Pelt, William – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2015
"'Do You Want Paper or Plastic?' An Inquiry into Single-Use Grocery Bags" is an inquiry-based, solutions-focused environmental education unit developed for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Field-tested in two U.S. southeastern regions, the unit engages students as informed change makers who investigate the production, consumption, and disposal…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Elementary School Students, Interdisciplinary Approach, Teaching Methods
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Johnson, Kelly – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2014
While nature journaling with elementary age children has recently increased in popularity, journaling with children of ages 2-6 is often overlooked. This article focuses specifically on why journaling is a valid practice in early childhood and the practitioner application of journaling techniques modified for the young child. Young children have…
Descriptors: Journal Writing, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Recreational Activities