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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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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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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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Hunter, Joshua; Graves, Cherie; Bodensteiner, Anne – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2017
In this research report, the authors explore an early childhood center as it transitions from a traditional playground to an outdoor classroom. Herein, the first phase of this qualitative research project is introduced and a central finding of adult perspectives is explored. The tension inherent in the various adult perspectives concerning the…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Play, Attitude Measures, Playgrounds
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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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Green, Carie – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2013
Early childhood is a significant time when children begin to develop their place identity. As they discover their environment, young children claim special places in which to construct their own experiences. In exploring ways to connect children with place, particularly nature, caregivers need to consider children's place perspectives in the…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Personal Autonomy, Play, Child Development