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A comparative analysis of nature kindergarten programmes in Australia and New Zealand

Masters, J ORCID: 0000-0002-0606-4086 and Grogan, L 2018 , 'A comparative analysis of nature kindergarten programmes in Australia and New Zealand' , International Journal of Early Years Education , pp. 1-16 , doi: 10.1080/09669760.2018.1459507.

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Abstract

This paper highlights the similarities and differences of seven nature kindergarten programmes in Australia and New Zealand. The study targeted three programmes from New Zealand and four from Australia. Participant observations and semi-structured interviews were used to build a profile of each site. The profiles were compared on factors such as philosophical influences, curriculum design, site location, safety requirements and programme activity. In many ways, the programmes were quite similar, and this was attributed to synergies between the respective curriculum frameworks and the influence of the European Forest School movement. There were, however, some unique features at each site and differences attributed to national perspectives. It is anticipated that the profiling of philosophical and logistical dimensions of nature programmes implemented in exemplar settings can help to inspire other early childhood educators and encourage them to reposition nature pedagogy as part of their own early childhood programmes.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Masters, J and Grogan, L
Keywords: early childhood education, nature kindergarten, Australia, New Zealand
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Early Years Education
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0966-9760
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/09669760.2018.1459507
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