Mixed-age grouping in early childhood – creating the outdoor learning environment

Rouse, Elizabeth 2015, Mixed-age grouping in early childhood – creating the outdoor learning environment, Early child development and care, vol. 185, no. 5, pp. 742-751, doi: 10.1080/03004430.2014.953138.

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Title Mixed-age grouping in early childhood – creating the outdoor learning environment
Author(s) Rouse, ElizabethORCID iD for Rouse, Elizabeth orcid.org/0000-0002-2889-5382
Journal name Early child development and care
Volume number 185
Issue number 5
Start page 742
End page 751
Total pages 10
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 0300-4430
Summary Children attending centre-based early childhood care and education programmesacross Australia are most likely to be grouped according to age anddevelopment. While multi- or mixed-age grouping has been seen to havepositive benefits on young children’s learning and pro-social behaviours, thisapproach is not usually adopted in the organisation of children’s grouping inmost long day care settings across the county. This paper reports on a case studywhich explored one urban children’s setting where the outdoor learning spacehas been specifically designed to enable a mixed-age approach for children. Thefindings suggest that while the educators see many benefits across the age groupsin engaging in this approach, there is still a preference to segregate the veryyoung children arising from concerns for their safety. The study also found thatplanning for learning especially in regards pro-social learning with the olderchildren has been problematic
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/03004430.2014.953138
Field of Research 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Taylor & Francis
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