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Muthukrishnan, Rani – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2019
Picture books have the potential to engage students in multimodal ways of learning in early education setting. This pilot study aims to investigate the efficacy of using picture books specifically written to convey increasingly complex ecosystem concepts and their influence on introducing ecoliteracy to first-grade students. Under the central…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Teaching Methods, Environmental Education, Ecology
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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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Born, Patty – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2018
Using the human-animal bond, relational ecology, and the "common world" framework as theoretical underpinnings, I set out to better understand the array of settings and experiences wherein young children are able to interact, either directly or indirectly with animals within the context of early childhood environmental education (ECEE).…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Animals, Environmental Education, Learning Processes
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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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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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Green, Carie – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2017
This article contributes to the ongoing dialogue regarding what it means to engage young children as active researchers in Early Childhood Environmental Education (ECEE) and Early Childhood Education for Sustainability (ECEfS). Drawing from a participatory and phenomenological framework, this paper considers the advantages, challenges, and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Environmental Education, Student Research
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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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Crawford, Elizabeth O.; Luke, Nancy; Van Pelt, William – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2015
"'Do You Want Paper or Plastic?' An Inquiry into Single-Use Grocery Bags" is an inquiry-based, solutions-focused environmental education unit developed for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Field-tested in two U.S. southeastern regions, the unit engages students as informed change makers who investigate the production, consumption, and disposal…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Elementary School Students, Interdisciplinary Approach, Teaching Methods
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Kharod, Deepti; Arreguín-Anderson, Maria G. – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2015
This paper describes an environmental education initiative called Starting out Wild (SoW) designed for toddlers and their caretakers. The program, developed by staff and volunteers of a city parks department, engages children ages 1-3 and their parents and caretakers through outdoor learning experiences. We suggest that environmental education…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Program Descriptions, Preschool Education, Lesson Plans
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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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Willis, Jana; Weiser, Brenda; Kirkwood, Donna – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2014
Children come from diverse backgrounds, particularly in terms of their access to the environment and technology. It is our job as teachers to help level the playing field and provide all students an equal chance to succeed. By integrating these two seemingly opposed curricular areas we can create an opportunity for young children to become both…
Descriptors: Technology Integration, Environmental Education, Early Childhood Education, Learning Activities
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Fortino, Carol; Gerretson, Helen; Button, Linda; Masters, Vivian – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2014
A growing body of research, both nationally and internationally, indicates that children in the early childhood years (birth to age 8) learn primarily through their senses and from direct experience. They develop an understanding about the world through play, exploration, and creative activities as well as by watching and imitating adults and…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Teaching Methods
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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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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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Merrick, Christy; Braus, Judy – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2013
The Natural Start Alliance is a new initiative of the North American Association for Environmental Education. Natural Start was created to support and expand early childhood environmental education (ECEE) by creating a network of organizations, educators, parents, and others who care about using environmental education to support young children's…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Early Childhood Education, Teaching Methods, Agency Cooperation