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Ernst, Julie; Johnson, Michaela; Burcak, Firdevs – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
Resilience, the capacity to cope with stress and adversity, is universally regarded as a positive and valued trait (LeBuffe & Naglieri, 2012). The purpose of this study was to explore the potential for nature preschools to support the development of initiative, self-regulation, and attachment, which are key protective factors that can offset…
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), Early Childhood Education, Attachment Behavior, Metacognition
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Ernst, Julie – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2018
In the context of the importance of nature experiences in supporting development during early childhood and toward encouraging the use of natural outdoor settings with young children, research was undertaken to explore potential relationships among parents' and young children's preferences regarding outdoor play settings and young children's…
Descriptors: Play, Young Children, Parents, Attitude Measures
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Wojciehowski, Mandi; Ernst, Julie – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2018
Creative thinking is valuable and necessary in society today and in the development of solutions to environmental issues. Fostering creative thinking skills and environmental values should begin early in life. The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence that a nature preschool experience has on the development of creative thinking…
Descriptors: Creative Thinking, Creativity, Outdoor Education, Natural Resources
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Hughes, Amy Christine; Zak, Kevin; Ernst, Julie; Meyer, Rebecca – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2017
In a notoriously cold-seasoned region, this paper explored how our formal education and non-formal environmental education (EE) gatekeepers of Northeastern Minnesota regard the importance of outdoor play and cold weather for young students. This research study explored the relationship between participant gatekeepers' beliefs of the benefits…
Descriptors: Play, Weather, Environmental Education, Outdoor Education
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Ernst, Julie – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2014
In the context of encouraging the use of natural outdoor settings for educational experiences with young children, survey research using photographs of outdoor settings was conducted to explore in-service early childhood educators' preferences and perceptions regarding outdoor settings and the educational opportunities and resource needs they…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Outdoor Education, Educational Experience, Photography