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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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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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Karlsson, Anneli Bergnell – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2017
Recent educational legislative acts and public debates in Sweden stress the importance of preschools providing playful and meaningful activities to enhance early experiences in environmental and natural science (e.g., Ministry of Education and Research, 2016). The present study investigates three 5-6 year old children making meaning of the concept…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education, Scientific Concepts
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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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Beattie, A. Elizabeth – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2015
There has been an increasing amount of concern about the lack of direct exposure that young children have to nature and the outdoors in Canada and the United States, leading to an increase in outdoor- and nature-based learning models for young children. However, very little research has been done in the field of early childhood environmental…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Children, Play, Outdoor Education
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Burke, Rachael S. – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2014
The Japanese early childhood curriculum provides ample opportunities for children to interact with nature and to learn about natural phenomena. However, using Kalland (1995) and Martinez's (2008) theories about Japanese constructions of nature, this paper argues that most Japanese early childhood experiences do not constitute direct contact with…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Ethnography, Foreign Countries, Pollution
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Laird, Shelby Gull; McFarland-Piazza, Laura; Allen, Sydnye – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2014
Outdoor environmental education and provision of unstructured exploration of nature are often forgotten aspects of the early childhood experience. The aim of this study was to understand how adults' early experiences in nature relate to their attitudes and practices in providing such experiences for young children. This study surveyed 33 parents…
Descriptors: Learning Experience, Young Children, Environmental Education, Foreign Countries
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Bailie, Patti; Rosenow, Nancy – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2014
The collection of papers contained in this special issue was elicited by a worldwide call for papers to explore settings that provided nature experiences for young children, with attention given to the effects that these initiatives have on the holistic development and environmental awareness of the children, as well as impacts on the teachers and…
Descriptors: Youth, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Educational Environment