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Affordances for science learning in “bush kinders”

Campbell, Coral and Speldewinde, Christopher 2020, Affordances for science learning in “bush kinders”, International journal of innovation in science and mathematics education, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 1-13, doi: 10.30722/IJISME.28.03.001.

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Title Affordances for science learning in “bush kinders”
Author(s) Campbell, CoralORCID iD for Campbell, Coral orcid.org/0000-0002-1373-9168
Speldewinde, Christopher
Journal name International journal of innovation in science and mathematics education
Volume number 28
Issue number 3
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2020
ISSN 2200-4270
2200-4270
Keyword(s) affordances
bush kinder
science learning
forest kindergartens
Australia
Summary The European forest kindergarten movement has recently translated into an Australian ‘bush kinder’ approach. The affordances of bush kindergarten settings with relation to the science experienced through play has not been previously investigated. This pilot project followed three kindergartens in South Eastern Australia using a bush kindergarten approach. A phenomenographic case study approach was used, in which data consisted of observations of ‘science learning through play’ during bush kinder sessions and educator interviews. Using interactive video interviews, educators were asked to comment on their perceptions of the science that formed children’s play. Findings suggest that the bush kinder environment enables children to experience and improve their understanding of a range of science ideas, however, there is an impact in the scope of children’s learning based on the educator scaffolding. It is argued here that bush kinder provides affordances for science learning and makes an important contribution to science education.
Language eng
DOI 10.30722/IJISME.28.03.001
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
1303 Specialist Studies in Education
1399 Other Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30146526

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