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Title: Beyond the fence: Exploring forest preschool/school approaches in Australia
Contributor(s): Elliott, Sue  (author); Chancellor, Barbara (author)
Publication Date: 2017
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Abstract: The origins of forest preschool/school approaches are attributed to Scandinavian countries, where children can frequently be found playing outdoors in all weathers as an integral aspect of their education programs (Knight, 2013a; Willia1ns-Siegfredsen, 2012). Such approaches are linked intrinsically to Scandinavian culture and landscape, specifically in Denmark, where WilJiams-Siegfredsen (2012, p. 7) describes frilufts/iv, or the 'free air life', as a long-standing cultural tenet. While forest preschools for young children up to the school-entry age of 6 years have been common in Scandinavia for decades, only in the 1990s was the forest preschool approach introduced into the United Kingdom. Since the 1990s, there has been an exponential growth in this approach across both preschools and schools, and internationally in many countries, including Australia, Ca11ada, Japan, New Zealand and the United States (Knight, 2013b). In Canada and the United Kingdom, this growth has recently led to over-arching professional associations, the Canadian Forest School Association and the United Kingdom Forest School Association, which offer guiding principles, practical information, publications, research and collaborative potential.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Outdoor Learning Environments: Spaces for exploration, discovery and risk-taking in the early years, p. 243-261
Publisher: Allen and Unwin
Place of Publication: Sydney, Australia
ISBN: 9781760296858
Field of Research (FOR): 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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