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Omidvar, Nazanin; Wright, Tarah; Beazley, Karen; Seguin, Daniel – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
The importance of spending time in nature is undeniable for child development, yet from an early age most children's time in nature is restricted. Beginning in preschool, the range and quality of a child's nature experience is restricted by accessibility to nature experiences and pedagogical approaches. This is a problem for building a sustainable…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Education, Environmental Education, Child Care Centers
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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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Barrable, Alexia – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
The importance of young children learning about the natural environment has been recognised in policy and curricular frameworks around the world. Moreover, there has been a call for children to spend more time outdoors and to reconnect with nature. However, the distinct construct of nature connectedness has not been examined in detail in relation…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Environmental Education, Outdoor Education, Educational Objectives
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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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Crandell, Sunny – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
Preschool teachers are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of nature connection during early childhood, including the development of healthy bodies, social-emotional competency and eventual academic success (Sobel, 2015; Warden, 2012). However, for many preschools located in urban settings, the question isn't whether nature connection is…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Preschool Education, Outdoor Education, Physical Environment
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Fyfe-Johnson, Amber L.; Saelens, Brian E.; Christakis, Dimitri A.; Tandon, Pooja S. – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
Children who spend more time outdoors are more physically active and have fewer behavioral problems than those who spend less time outdoors. No studies to date have evaluated physical activity and behavioral outcomes in an exclusively outdoor nature preschool setting. The aim of this study was to examine differences in objectively measured…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Parent Attitudes, Beliefs, Preschool Education
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Gull, Carla; Bogunovich, Jessica; Goldstein, Suzanne Levenson; Rosengarten, Tricia – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
Loose parts is often an ambiguous term with different interpretations depending on the context. Using the search parameters, a scoping review was implemented to narrow down over 2,400 articles related to "loose parts," "early childhood," and "outdoor classrooms" to 15 articles for in-depth review. From the selected…
Descriptors: Definitions, Early Childhood Education, Outdoor Education, Play
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Cordiano, Tori S.; Lee, Alexis; Wilt, Joshua; Elszasz, Audrey; Damour, Lisa K.; Russ, Sandra W. – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
Time spent outdoors benefits children's physical, social and psychological development, although children today spend far less time outdoors than children of previous generations. The nature-based school initiative has grown in popularity as a means of increasing children's connection with nature and harnessing its benefits for their educational…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Kindergarten, Outdoor Education, Program Effectiveness
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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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Gull, Carla; Goldenstein, Suzanne Levenson; Rosengarten, Tricia – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2018
This study examined the benefits and risks associated with tree climbing on child development and resiliency. A mixed method survey instrument was administered to parents of children aged 3-13 years who climbed trees. The survey examined demographics, details of tree climbing activities, and the type of injuries that have resulted from this type…
Descriptors: Child Development, Resilience (Psychology), Risk, Recreational Activities
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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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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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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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Ashmann, Scott – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2018
The challenges and successes of planning, implementing, and evaluating a nature-based four-year-old kindergarten program are shared as well as a description of the first years of the program that is designed to enhance the students' academic, physical, social, and emotional development. In addition, a description of how the partnership among a…
Descriptors: Natural Resources, Outdoor Education, Kindergarten, Wildlife
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McVittie, Janet – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2018
This paper reports on a study of day care children, ages 2 years 6 months to almost 5 years old, who visited a naturalized area near their day care once a week, over several months. The focus of this paper is on the embodied learning and expression of children's learning, along with their use of oral language. The children engaged in some…
Descriptors: Play, Natural Resources, Child Care Centers, Young Children
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