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Values stop play? Teachers’ attitudes to the early years outdoor environment

Bilton, H. (2020) Values stop play? Teachers’ attitudes to the early years outdoor environment. Early Child Development and Care, 190 (1). pp. 12-20. ISSN 1476-8275

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2019.1653548


This paper explores the views and attitudes of a small group of teachers concerning the early years outdoor teaching and learning environment. Further their responses are compared to an online survey of teachers examining their attitudes to the early years outdoor environment. This extends the current knowledge as to the drivers for teachers’ professed actions when working in the early years outdoor environment, and specifically the extent to which the teachers’ own experiences of outdoors influences their professed behaviours in their role when working outside with children. At the heart of this discussion is the concern that only those teachers who have had good experiences of outdoor play themselves may go on to provide good outdoor experiences for young children.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Institute of Education
ID Code:86411
Uncontrolled Keywords:Developmental and Educational Psychology, Pediatrics, Social Psychology
Publisher:Informa UK Limited

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