Now in a fully updated second edition, Nature Education and Young Children remains a thoughtful, sophisticated teacher resource that blends theory and practice on nature education, children's inquiry-based learning, and reflective teaching.
Reorganized to enhance its intuitive flow, this edition features a Foreword by David Sobel and three wholly new chapters examining nature and literacy in kindergarten, outdoor play and children’s agency in a forest school, and the power of nature inquiry for dual language learners. Revised to reflect the latest research and guidelines, this book offers a seamless integration of science concepts into the daily intellectual and social investigations that occur in early childhood.
With a fresh framing of nature exploration in the context of our current educational landscape, this text is a comprehensive guide for educators and students looking to introduce and deepen connections between nature education and teacher inquiry and reflection.
Introduction. Part 1. Science, Nature, and Inquiry-Based Learning in Early Childhood 1. Science, Nature, and Inquiry-Based Learning in Early Childhood [Stephenie Sisk-Hilton] 2. Nature Education and Teacher Inquiry [Daniel Meier] Part 2. Setting as Teacher 3. Babies and Nature: The Act of Noticing in Infancy [Camille T. Dungy] 4. Overcoming Our Fears – Embarking on a Nature Journey [Gita Jayewardene] 5. Naturally Speaking: Parents, Children, Teachers in Dialogue with Nature [Darcy Campbell] Part 3. Nature as Support for Representation and Aesthetics 6. Preschool Children Explore the Forest – The Power of Wild Spaces in Childhood [Anna Golden] 7. Putting the Forest on the Map: Using Documentation to Further Natural Inquiry [Marty Gravett] 8. Nature Education and the Project Approach [Jean Mendoza and Lilian Katz] 9. Drawing, Photographs, and Painting – Learning About the Natural World in an Urban Preschool [Isuaro Michael Escamilla] Part 4. Child Agency in Nature Education 10. Promoting Nature Study for Toddlers [Mabel Young] 11. Outdoor Play and Children’s Agency [Heather Taylor] 12. Nature and Literacy – Empowering Kingergarten Children to Explore and Understand Nature [Jana Walsh]