A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä

Outdoor Learning in Early Childhood Education : A Narrative Review

Julkaisun tekijät: Lindfors Eila, Rönkkö Marja-Leena, Kiviranta Leena, Yliverronen Virpi, Tanhuanpää Saija, Grönman Satu

Kustantaja: OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University

Julkaisuvuosi: 2021

Journal: Techne Series: Research in Sloyd Education and Craft Science A

Volyymi: 28

Julkaisunumero: 2

eISSN: 1893-1774

Verkko-osoite: https://journals.oslomet.no/index.php/techneA/article/view/4353


Outdoor learning environments can be beneficial in enhancing children’s engagement and motivation
in different activities. Outdoor learning environments have the potential to enable transforming and
meaningful experiences with imagination and play as well as to evoke ideas for craft, design, and
technology education. This study aims to describe outdoor learning implementation in early childhood
education based on previous studies. For this, the following research question is addressed: What are
the typical opportunities and challenges in implementing outdoor learning in early childhood
education? The answer is discussed in accordance with craft, design, and technology education in early
childhood. The methodological approach of this study is a narrative review. The data includes 10 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, which were categorized into six categories: All-around
development of children, Well-being, Multimodal hands-on learning possibilities, Nature as a resource,
Teachers as mediators, and Organization. From the basis of the results, it seems obvious that carrying
out CDT projects as outdoor learning would benefit children’s all-around development and well-being
as well as enhance their multimodal hands-on learning opportunities. The results can be taken as a
basis for researchers to plan an empirical study in outdoor contexts. They can also serve teachers as
they plan a technology learning project in an outdoor environment with their younger students and
teacher training in outdoor environments.

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