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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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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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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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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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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
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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