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Urban Environmental Education Review$
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Alex Russ

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501705823

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501705823.001.0001

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Early Childhood

Early Childhood

(p.155) 16 Early Childhood
Urban Environmental Education Review

Victoria Derr

Louise Chawla

Illène Pevec

, Alex Russ, Marianne E. Krasny
Cornell University Press

This chapter examines successive schools of thought in early childhood education that have encouraged the exploration of urban environments by young children. These traditions have pursued similar aims, from creative self-expression and democratic decision making to collaborative learning among peers and multiple generations, communication skills, and a deepening of children's experiential, place-based education. The chapter explains how these aims can be achieved in cities through a variety of approaches such as participatory planning and design, mobile preschools, greening the grounds of schools and child care centers, gardening, and forest and nature schools in metropolitan areas. It looks at examples from both resourced and poorly resourced schools and child care centers in the Global North and South and shows that urban environmental education facilitates children's contact with and learning about urban nature and the built environment.

Keywords:   early childhood education, urban environments, children, collaborative learning, place-based education, cities, mobile preschools, child care centers, urban environmental education, urban nature

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