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Confirmation of Candidature Vicki Christopher

Natural environments as places for learning and development: Children's perspectives.
12 MAY 2022
1.15 PM - 2.45 PM
Online via Zoom
Natural environments provide rich opportunities for children's development, as well as nurturing their interest and care for the natural world. Inspired by Scandinavian forest schools, Australia has seen the rise of bush kindergartens as early childhood education and care contexts. This is an emerging area in the research literature, which requires greater development. A qualitative case study approach will investigate the ways in which children experience natural environments as places for learning and development. The findings will contribute knowledge to the existing literature in this area by providing a unique insight of children's experiences within these spaces, focusing on the experience of natural learning environments on children's wellbeing and development.