Making learning visible – parents perceptions of children's learning outdoors

Rouse, Elizabeth 2016, Making learning visible – parents perceptions of children's learning outdoors, Early child development and care, vol. 186, no. 4, pp. 612-623, doi: 10.1080/03004430.2015.1048510.

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Title Making learning visible – parents perceptions of children's learning outdoors
Author(s) Rouse, ElizabethORCID iD for Rouse, Elizabeth
Journal name Early child development and care
Volume number 186
Issue number 4
Start page 612
End page 623
Total pages 12
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0300-4430
Keyword(s) early childhood care
early childhood education
educator practice
infants and toddlers
outdoor learning environments
parent partnerships
Summary Parents as partners in their children's learning is predicated by a notion of a mutual understanding of the learning as shared by educators. Documenting learning in early childhood education and care (ECE & C) settings has evolved from more traditional developmental approaches to include photographs, artefacts and social stories to make learning visible for parents. However, while educators are using these approaches to document learning in ECE & C settings, the shared understanding of the learning for parents is not always mutually understood. The paper presents a small-scale case study, which examined the way parents in one long day ECE & C service which had recently redeveloped an outdoor play area to bring in more natural affordances to support the children's learning and development. The paper reports on the perceptions of two parents with children attending this centre in how the educators were making visible the learning and development afforded the children through engaging in this newly designed space. The study found that while educators were using a range of documentation approaches, the parents had little shared understanding of their children as engaging in this space.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/03004430.2015.1048510
Field of Research 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
1301 Education Systems
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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