Browse a selection of research summarised by our team that feature local and global studies associated with childhood development, education, play behaviour and benefit of nature connectionfor health and wellbeing.
Sensory Tours as a Method for Engaging Children as Active Researchers: Exploring the Use of Wearable Cameras in Early Childhood Research
This article explores ‘Sensory Tours’ through the use of wearable cameras with children as a data collection source to engage young children as active researchers in recording their experiences in natural environments.
Young Children and Nature: outdoor play and development, experiences fostering environmental consciousness, and the implications on playground design
This thesis from Landscape Architect Ashley Parsons, explains why designers of children’s playscapes should recognise the importance of play, nature experiences and the benefits that outdoor play have on children’s health and development.
This fascinating dissertation from well known researcher Roger Hart is almost 40 years old but is as relevant now as ever. It is a beautiful depiction of life not that long ago which seems worlds away from the indoor, screen dominated, car-oriented lives of children today.
Early Childhood Teachers’ Beliefs about Children’s Risky Play in Australia and Norway
Positive risk-taking in outdoor physical play is important for children’s optimal health and development. Early childhood practitioners were asked about the outdoor play experiences they provide for children and their attitude towards risk-taking in play.
Mothers’ beliefs about risk and risk-taking in children’s outdoor play
Through semi – structured interviews with mothers of four and five year old children, this study examines beliefs around children’s outdoor play opportunities and exposure to and management of potential risks in outdoor environments.
Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy
Getting dirty in the garden can be even more beneficial for mental health than previously thought. Antidepressant microbes in soil may increase production of serotonin, a stress reducing hormone in humans.
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