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Singing in the Forest: Outdoor Education as Early Childhood Curriculum

  • Kumara Ward
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)

Abstract

Outdoor pedagogy comes in many forms and with varying underlying purposes. This chapter demonstrates the author’s journey as a primary school educator whose programme was underpinned by belief in the value of outdoor learning. It begins by highlighting her teaching practice with young children at schools in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales (NSW) using a “postmodern emergence” approach to curriculum. Using art-based pedagogies alongside outdoor experiential education, this programme scaffolded children’s developing sense of place/belonging and econnection to the natural world, assisting them to understand the properties, ecosystems, and habitats of the environment. It positions this practice as a legitimate form of outdoor education by invoking a radical feminist definition that includes intra-action with the natural world through relationships with self, the natural environment, and others.

Keywords

Outdoor learning econnection Nature education Intra-action Arts 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kumara Ward
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  1. 1.Centre for Educational Research, Western Sydney UniversityPenrithAustralia

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