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Nilgün Cevher Kalburan – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2024
This study aims to understand the experiences of preschool teachers' outdoor education experiences in their curriculum after taking the Outdoor Education in Early Childhood Course. In this qualitative study, grounded theory was applied to analyzing data that were collected through an open-ended form and individual and focus group interviews.…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Outdoor Education, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Education
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Speldewinde, Chris; Campbell, Coral – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2023
Research demonstrates that powerful factors are involved in growing young girls' STEM understandings. The development of a girl's STEM identity relies on interaction with significant adults/others and the availability of a positive STEM learning environment. Undertaking research into bush kinders across 2015-2020, our data highlighted the learning…
Descriptors: Females, Self Concept, STEM Education, Outdoor Education
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Kandemir, Melike; Sevimli-Celik, Serap – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2023
The aim of this study was twofold: (a) to carry out an in-depth investigation of teachers and parental views regarding outdoor play and learning, and (b) to examine the extent to which the objectives and goals related to outdoor play and learning were documented within the school curriculum. The data were collected qualitatively from 12 teachers…
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Play, Weather
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LeMasters, Annie C.; Vandermaas-Peeler, Maureen – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2023
Risky play, accompanied by thrilling feelings with real or perceived risks, is beneficial for children's development. Playground quality and teachers' attitudes about risk can influence preschoolers' risky play opportunities. In this study, 10 U.S. preschools' outdoor environments were rated using the Seven Cs Scale. Playgrounds scored lowest in…
Descriptors: Play, Preschool Education, Playgrounds, Risk
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Motta, Renata; Ferreira, Manuela – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2022
The growing interest in outdoor early childhood education, even in countries with a weak environmental tradition such as Portugal, tends to be associated with a concern over the alienation between urban/Western children and nature. While educational projects in nature criticize this separation, they still maintain a bad culture vs good nature…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Natural Resources, Play, Foreign Countries
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Almers, Ellen; Askerlund, Per; Samuelsson, Tobias; Waite, Sue – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2021
This study was carried out within a project to promote health and ecosystem services, 'the benefits people obtain from ecosystems', in preschools in Sweden. The paper applies the concept 'affordance' to capture the functional meaning that children assign to different material aspects of their schoolyards before and after the installation of…
Descriptors: Childrens Attitudes, Preferences, Affordances, Preschool Children
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van Rooijen, Martin; Lensvelt-Mulders, Gerty; Wyver, Shirley; Duyndam, Joachim – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2020
Childcare settings offer an ideal opportunity for children to become acquainted with risk-taking in play, which promotes healthy growth and development. Van Rooijen and Newstead's (2016) model, based on a review of international literature, has identified the main challenges for childcare professionals when promoting risky play, namely;…
Descriptors: Risk, Play, Child Care, Child Development
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Tuuling, Lehte; Õun, Tiia; Ugaste, Aino – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2019
The Estonian National Curriculum for Preschool Child Care Institutions values learning through games, observation and research in various environments. There are no official guidelines regarding the frequency of outdoor learning or the content that children should experience, but outdoor learning creates the best opportunities to accomplish this…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Outdoor Education, Foreign Countries, Guidelines
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Lysklett, Olav B.; Berger, Henrik W. – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2017
This study provides basic information about how Norwegian nature preschools differ from other Norwegian preschools and how they organize their daily activities. Fifty-six nature preschools and 52 other preschools were included in the study. A total of 106 headmasters and 98 pedagogical leaders filled out questionnaires about the characteristics of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Education, Outdoor Education, Institutional Characteristics
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McClain, Cara; Vandermaas-Peeler, Maureen – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2016
This study examined the influence of spending time outdoors on young children's physical and socioemotional development. We observed preschoolers' activities in two naturally provisioned outdoor environments over the course of one year. Eleven preschoolers were videotaped continuously for 16 days at a local river and 9 days at a creek adjacent to…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Young Children, Child Development, Physical Development
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Zamani, Zahra – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2016
Outdoor preschools are critical for children's play and development. Integrating observational and interview methods, this study examined four-to-five-year-old children's cognitive play experiences in an outdoor preschool with natural, mixed and manufactured zones. The observational results indicated that the natural and mixed zones offered a…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Imagination, Preschool Children, Observation
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Little, Helen – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2015
Changes to social and environmental contexts impact on children's opportunities for and the nature of outdoor play in many ways. A number of studies over the past decade have noted a trend towards over-protective parenting practices that restrict children's activities and limit children's independent mobility and engagement with their…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Play, Beliefs, Mothers
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Norðdahl, Kristín; Einarsdóttir, Jóhanna – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2015
This study aims to enhance awareness of what young children want to do outside and their preferences regarding their outdoor environment. Views of children as active participants, the affordance of the environment and the importance of place for children's learning constitute the theoretical background of the study. The study was part of a…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Sustainable Development, Student Participation, Interviews
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Kos, Marjanca; Jerman, Janez – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2013
This study examined play and learning in the natural environment and on the playgrounds of Slovene preschools. It included 140 preschool teachers and 264 parents of children who attended preschools in 21 Slovene towns. Data were collected through questionnaires with questions referring to time spent outdoors, children's outdoor activities,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Education, Outdoor Education, Learning Activities