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McClain, Cara; Vandermaas-Peeler, Maureen – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2016
In a longitudinal investigation of young children's developing relationship with and understanding of the natural world, eleven preschoolers and their teacher were filmed for 50 hours during weekly explorations at a local state park. Findings indicated that while outdoors children showed self-awareness with regard to environmental features,…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Observation, Longitudinal Studies
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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