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Seland, Monica; Sandseter, Ellen Beate Hansen; Bratterud, Åse – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2015
The aim of the study on which this paper is based was to explore in which situations and contexts Norwegian 1-3-year-olds experience subjective wellbeing in day care. The data in this study was collected through qualitative phenomenological observations of 18 children, and an inductive process of analysis was conducted. The results show that…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Well Being, Child Care
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Little, Helen; Sandseter, Ellen Beate Hansen; Wyver, Shirley – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2012
Positive risk-taking in the context of outdoor physical play is important for fostering children's optimal health and development. Despite this, there is mounting concern that many developmentally beneficial activities are now seen as dangerous and something to be avoided. However, perceptions of risk are very much subject to cultural…
Descriptors: Well Being, Teaching Methods, Developed Nations, Foreign Countries
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Wyver, Shirley; Tranter, Paul; Naughton, Geraldine; Little, Helen; Sandseter, Ellen Beate Hansen; Bundy, Anita – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2010
Play and playgrounds provide essential experiences for young children's growth, development and enjoyment of life. However, such play experiences are now limited for many children due to excessive fear of risk, or "surplus safety". In this article, the authors examine the pervasiveness of surplus safety in the lives of young children.…
Descriptors: Play, Safety, Young Children, Playgrounds
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Sandseter, Ellen Beate Hansen – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2009
Children naturally seek and conduct exciting forms of play that involve a risk of physical injury (risky play). Even though several prior studies give descriptions of risky play, none of them deeply explore children's expressions of how they experience different kinds of risky play. This study aims to do that. The results from video observations…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Children, Play, Physical Activity Level