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Making Use of "Nature" in an Outdoor Preschool: Classroom, Home and fairyland
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
2010 (English)In: Children, Youth and Environments, Vol. 20, no 1, 4-25 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Swedish preschools, visits to nature environments are traditionally seen as

important, and during the past two decades, interest in outdoor education has

increased. This article concerns different ways of talking about and making use of


nature in everyday activities in a Swedish preschool with an outdoor focus. The

researcher studied 32 children between 1½ and 6 years old and their teachers

during a one-year period. The data collected include ethnographic material such as

video observations, interviews and local documents. The analysis indicates that

nature is used in three ways: as a classroom where children learn about nature, as

a home—a peaceful place for eating, sleeping and playing, and as an enchanted

world, a fairyland.


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 20, no 1, 4-25 p.
Keyword [en]
nature, preschool, outdoor education, ethnography, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-52093OAI: diva2:386680
Naturen som symbol för den goda barndomen, VR 2005-3265
Available from: 2011-01-13 Created: 2011-01-13 Last updated: 2011-02-04Bibliographically approved

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