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The Harbour outdoors: Investigating how children and educators engage with the outdoor learning space at the Harbour Family and Children's Centre

Rouse, Elizabeth, Wishart, Llewellyn, Morrissey, Anne-Marie and Scott, Caroline 2014, The Harbour outdoors: Investigating how children and educators engage with the outdoor learning space at the Harbour Family and Children's Centre, Unpublished - Deakin University report, Melbourne, Vic..

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Title The Harbour outdoors: Investigating how children and educators engage with the outdoor learning space at the Harbour Family and Children's Centre
Author(s) Rouse, ElizabethORCID iD for Rouse, Elizabeth orcid.org/0000-0002-2889-5382
Wishart, LlewellynORCID iD for Wishart, Llewellyn orcid.org/0000-0002-8817-1925
Morrissey, Anne-Marie
Scott, Caroline
Publication date 2014
Total pages 75
Publisher Unpublished - Deakin University report
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) early childhood education
outdoor spaces
indoor/outdoor programs
natural environments
design
Summary The aim of the research was to carry out an in-depth case study of the outdoor space at a purposively designed outdoor learning space in a demonstration childcare program in an Australian city. The design of the outdoor space emphasises natural elements and sustainability, while the program uses an indoor/outdoor approach with multi-age sharing of the space. The report included staff, management and researcher perspectives on how the outdoor space worked for children and staff, and provided findings that could inform the ongoing professional processes of reflection on the learning environment at the centre. In addition, the researchers also sought the views of the original designers of the outdoor space, and od centre management at the time when outdoor space was being designed and built. The researchers considered that their perspectives, along with those of current management and staff, could assist in addressing questions of long-term sustainability and practicality in the design of outdoor spaces in childcare centres.
Language eng
Field of Research 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
120107 Landscape Architecture
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category A6 Research report/technical paper
ERA Research output type JE3 Research report for an external body - Not for profit
Copyright notice ©2014, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30066367

Document type: Report
Collection: School of Education
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