Calm active and focused : children’s responses to an organic outdoor learning environment

Nedovic, Sonya and Morrissey, Anne-Marie 2013, Calm active and focused : children’s responses to an organic outdoor learning environment, Learning environments research, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 281-295.

Attached Files
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads

Title Calm active and focused : children’s responses to an organic outdoor learning environment
Author(s) Nedovic, Sonya
Morrissey, Anne-MarieORCID iD for Morrissey, Anne-Marie
Journal name Learning environments research
Volume number 16
Issue number 2
Start page 281
End page 295
Total pages 15
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publication date 2013-07
ISSN 1387-1579
Keyword(s) early childhood
natural and organic learning environments
outdoor play spaces
Summary This study reports on children’s observed responses to natural features introduced in the redevelopment of a childcare centre garden. Using an action research approach, the redevelopment was based on the preferences of the director, staff and 18 three- to four-year-olds, as expressed through interviews, conversations, photographs and drawings. Adults and children overwhelmingly preferred natural elements. The kindergarten teacher and assistant observed children’s responses to the implementation of features including a teepee, mulch, greenery, flowers, and loose organic materials. In follow-up interviews, they reported positive child responses including: richer imaginative play; increased physical activity; calmer, more focused play; and positive social interactions. These findings provide further evidence of the importance of providing children with naturalized outdoor play spaces.
Language eng
Field of Research 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930103 Learner Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2013
Persistent URL

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: Faculty of Arts and Education
School of Education
Connect to link resolver
Unless expressly stated otherwise, the copyright for items in DRO is owned by the author, with all rights reserved.

Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 0 times in TR Web of Science
Scopus Citation Count Cited 25 times in Scopus
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Access Statistics: 965 Abstract Views, 6 File Downloads  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Thu, 20 Jun 2013, 12:20:52 EST by Anne-marie Morrissey

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact