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Carter, Deborah – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2016
This paper describes a nature-based social-emotional approach to supporting young children's holistic development that can be applied in a range of early childhood settings from forest kindergartens and nature-based preschools to more traditional center-based early childhood programs. "The Social-Emotional and Environmental Education…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Child Development, Holistic Approach
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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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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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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
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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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Zurek, Alex; Torquati, Julia; Acar, Ibrahim – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2014
This paper describes the process of "scaffolding" as a teaching strategy in early childhood education, and demonstrates how scaffolding can promote children's learning about the natural environment. Examples of scaffolding are provided from seventy-four running record observations made over a two-year period in a nature-based preschool…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Early Childhood Education, Environmental Education, Observation