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Malone, Karen; Moore, Sarah Jane – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
This paper draws on a research study that builds on a long and rich history of research in environmental education focusing on the value of learning through everyday experiences with the more than human. This study specially focused on very young children's experiences of ecologies and explored the unique opportunities sensorially rich bodily…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Teaching Methods, Young Children, Ecology
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Wilson, Ruth – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
The concept of nature and how humans relate to nature provide the framework for this philosophical discussion on challenges facing the evolving field of early childhood environmental education. Posthumanistic thinking is proposed as an alternative to what is perpetuated through a more typical Western approach to education. This Western approach…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Philosophy, Environmental Education, Western Civilization
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Nxumalo, Fikile; Villanueva, Marleen – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
This article is situated within ongoing efforts in early childhood education to unsettle extractive relations with the more-than-human world and efforts to situate children's learning within current conditions of environmental vulnerability. The authors discuss some pedagogical and curricular interruptions that emerged from foregrounding…
Descriptors: Water, Early Childhood Education, Indigenous Knowledge, Kindergarten
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Harwood, Debra; Barratt, Jaime; Collier, Diane – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
In this article, we revisit fragments of data from a three-year study, paying close attention to the entanglements and inseparability of child/plastic/snow/GoPro within children's everyday encounters and narratives in an immersive nature-based program in Canada. We query how these entangled ways of being might help inform environmental and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Outdoor Education, Natural Resources, Ecology
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Rotas, Nikki – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
OPAL -- Outdoor Play and Learning, in collaboration with Earth Day Canada, is a national program that encourages outdoor play in public schools across Canada. This paper focuses on the implementation of OPAL in an elementary school in Toronto. The initial implementation strategies of the program are discussed, which include efforts to create a…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Play, Foreign Countries, Public Schools
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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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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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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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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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Green, Carie – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2017
This article contributes to the ongoing dialogue regarding what it means to engage young children as active researchers in Early Childhood Environmental Education (ECEE) and Early Childhood Education for Sustainability (ECEfS). Drawing from a participatory and phenomenological framework, this paper considers the advantages, challenges, and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Environmental Education, Student Research
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Lithoxoidou, Loukia S.; Georgopoulos, Alexandros D.; Dimitriou, Anastasia Th.; Xenitidou, Sofia Ch. – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2017
Coping with environmental crisis cannot but presuppose a change in the values adopted by modern man. Both ecocentric values associated with creating a caring relationship with nature, and the development of empathy, can become vehicles of transformation towards a society based on ecological principles. In connection with these issues, an…
Descriptors: Ecology, Empathy, Young Children, Environmental Education
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Fisher-Maltese, Carley – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2016
This is an important time to catalyze hope about the environment instead of fear and despair. One such opportunity for hope lies in school garden programs. Most of the scant studies on these settings investigate the health/nutritional impacts, science learning potential, or emotional dispositions of students. However, few studies examine the…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Elementary School Students, Science Instruction, Science Education
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