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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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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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Johnson, Kelly – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2014
While nature journaling with elementary age children has recently increased in popularity, journaling with children of ages 2-6 is often overlooked. This article focuses specifically on why journaling is a valid practice in early childhood and the practitioner application of journaling techniques modified for the young child. Young children have…
Descriptors: Journal Writing, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Recreational Activities
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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
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Wood, Melody – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2013
The importance of nature-based play has gradually become forefront in an array of research fields. From the more obvious physical benefits to the complex mental benefits, nature has proved time and time again to be the cure-all for a variety of common ailments. Richard Louv, author of the famed "Last Child in the Woods," has spawned a…
Descriptors: Play, Natural Resources, Recreational Facilities, Community Programs