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ERIC Number: EJ1225658
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2331-0464
Definitions of Loose Parts in Early Childhood Outdoor Classrooms: A Scoping Review
Gull, Carla; Bogunovich, Jessica; Goldstein, Suzanne Levenson; Rosengarten, Tricia
International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, v6 n3 p37-52 Sum 2019
Loose parts is often an ambiguous term with different interpretations depending on the context. Using the search parameters, a scoping review was implemented to narrow down over 2,400 articles related to "loose parts," "early childhood," and "outdoor classrooms" to 15 articles for in-depth review. From the selected research, a definition of loose parts in this context was formulated, a list of loose parts was extrapolated and analyzed, and descriptor words of the theory were discussed. A more uniform definition of loose parts potentially allows for more diverse application and use of this theory.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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