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Tuuling, Lehte; Õun, Tiia; Ugaste, Aino – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2019
The Estonian National Curriculum for Preschool Child Care Institutions values learning through games, observation and research in various environments. There are no official guidelines regarding the frequency of outdoor learning or the content that children should experience, but outdoor learning creates the best opportunities to accomplish this…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Outdoor Education, Foreign Countries, Guidelines
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Lysklett, Olav B.; Berger, Henrik W. – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2017
This study provides basic information about how Norwegian nature preschools differ from other Norwegian preschools and how they organize their daily activities. Fifty-six nature preschools and 52 other preschools were included in the study. A total of 106 headmasters and 98 pedagogical leaders filled out questionnaires about the characteristics of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Education, Outdoor Education, Institutional Characteristics
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McClain, Cara; Vandermaas-Peeler, Maureen – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2016
This study examined the influence of spending time outdoors on young children's physical and socioemotional development. We observed preschoolers' activities in two naturally provisioned outdoor environments over the course of one year. Eleven preschoolers were videotaped continuously for 16 days at a local river and 9 days at a creek adjacent to…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Young Children, Child Development, Physical Development
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Zamani, Zahra – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2016
Outdoor preschools are critical for children's play and development. Integrating observational and interview methods, this study examined four-to-five-year-old children's cognitive play experiences in an outdoor preschool with natural, mixed and manufactured zones. The observational results indicated that the natural and mixed zones offered a…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Imagination, Preschool Children, Observation
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Little, Helen – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2015
Changes to social and environmental contexts impact on children's opportunities for and the nature of outdoor play in many ways. A number of studies over the past decade have noted a trend towards over-protective parenting practices that restrict children's activities and limit children's independent mobility and engagement with their…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Play, Beliefs, Mothers
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Norðdahl, Kristín; Einarsdóttir, Jóhanna – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2015
This study aims to enhance awareness of what young children want to do outside and their preferences regarding their outdoor environment. Views of children as active participants, the affordance of the environment and the importance of place for children's learning constitute the theoretical background of the study. The study was part of a…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Sustainable Development, Student Participation, Interviews
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Kos, Marjanca; Jerman, Janez – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2013
This study examined play and learning in the natural environment and on the playgrounds of Slovene preschools. It included 140 preschool teachers and 264 parents of children who attended preschools in 21 Slovene towns. Data were collected through questionnaires with questions referring to time spent outdoors, children's outdoor activities,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Education, Outdoor Education, Learning Activities