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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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Yanez, Ruddy E.; Fees, Bronwyn S.; Torquati, Julia – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2017
Regular engagement outside may promote healthy physical and psychological development as well as a respect and appreciation for nature. This exploratory study compared biophilia and attitudes toward nature between young children living in an urban area to those in a rural area. Urban and rural areas may offer different opportunities for exposure…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Attitude Measures, Urban Areas, Rural Areas
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Kiewra, Christine; Veselack, Ellen – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2016
Conducted at two separate natural outdoor classrooms with preschool-aged children from three to five years old, this qualitative research study investigated how outdoor environments supported children's creativity and imagination. Although many studies have explored the development of creative arts in the young children, few have focused on…
Descriptors: Creativity, Preschool Children, Preschool Teachers, Outdoor Education
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Crawford, Elizabeth O.; Luke, Nancy; Van Pelt, William – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2015
"'Do You Want Paper or Plastic?' An Inquiry into Single-Use Grocery Bags" is an inquiry-based, solutions-focused environmental education unit developed for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Field-tested in two U.S. southeastern regions, the unit engages students as informed change makers who investigate the production, consumption, and disposal…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Elementary School Students, Interdisciplinary Approach, Teaching Methods
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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