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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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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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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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Dean, Stephanie – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
This narrative review examines the history and future implications of Forest School, a pedagogical approach to early years outdoor education. Forest School is considered a philosophical perspective towards learning outdoors that values holistic development. There are numerous benefits to Forest School and the opportunities that it presents for…
Descriptors: Forestry, Teaching Methods, Outdoor Education, Educational Philosophy
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Born, Patty – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2018
Using the human-animal bond, relational ecology, and the "common world" framework as theoretical underpinnings, I set out to better understand the array of settings and experiences wherein young children are able to interact, either directly or indirectly with animals within the context of early childhood environmental education (ECEE).…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Animals, Environmental Education, Learning Processes
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Hunter, Joshua; Graves, Cherie; Bodensteiner, Anne – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2017
In this research report, the authors explore an early childhood center as it transitions from a traditional playground to an outdoor classroom. Herein, the first phase of this qualitative research project is introduced and a central finding of adult perspectives is explored. The tension inherent in the various adult perspectives concerning the…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Play, Attitude Measures, Playgrounds
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Karlsson, Anneli Bergnell – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2017
Recent educational legislative acts and public debates in Sweden stress the importance of preschools providing playful and meaningful activities to enhance early experiences in environmental and natural science (e.g., Ministry of Education and Research, 2016). The present study investigates three 5-6 year old children making meaning of the concept…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education, Scientific Concepts
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Green, Carie – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2017
This article contributes to the ongoing dialogue regarding what it means to engage young children as active researchers in Early Childhood Environmental Education (ECEE) and Early Childhood Education for Sustainability (ECEfS). Drawing from a participatory and phenomenological framework, this paper considers the advantages, challenges, and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Environmental Education, Student Research
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Kiewra, Christine; Veselack, Ellen – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2016
Conducted at two separate natural outdoor classrooms with preschool-aged children from three to five years old, this qualitative research study investigated how outdoor environments supported children's creativity and imagination. Although many studies have explored the development of creative arts in the young children, few have focused on…
Descriptors: Creativity, Preschool Children, Preschool Teachers, Outdoor 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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Kharod, Deepti; Arreguín-Anderson, Maria G. – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2015
This paper describes an environmental education initiative called Starting out Wild (SoW) designed for toddlers and their caretakers. The program, developed by staff and volunteers of a city parks department, engages children ages 1-3 and their parents and caretakers through outdoor learning experiences. We suggest that environmental education…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Program Descriptions, Preschool Education, Lesson Plans
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Vandermaas-Peeler, Maureen; McClain, Cara – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2015
School gardening has become increasingly popular as a context for learning in which children construct new knowledge, learn cultural and societal values related to ecological awareness, and develop and practice authentic or real-world skills (Blair, 2009; Bowker & Tearle, 2007). The present research was a longitudinal case study of children's…
Descriptors: Gardening, Preschool Education, Case Studies, Longitudinal Studies
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Willis, Jana; Weiser, Brenda; Kirkwood, Donna – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2014
Children come from diverse backgrounds, particularly in terms of their access to the environment and technology. It is our job as teachers to help level the playing field and provide all students an equal chance to succeed. By integrating these two seemingly opposed curricular areas we can create an opportunity for young children to become both…
Descriptors: Technology Integration, Environmental Education, Early Childhood Education, Learning Activities
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