Emotion Map Making. Discovering Teachers’ Relationships with Nature
AUTHOR : Michela Schenetti,Elisa Guerra
INFORMATION : page. 31~56 / 2018 Vol.12 No.2
Outdoor education means increasing the opportunity to encounter and experiment with nature, but
above all, it means rethinking one’s own relationship with nature. Professionals working in the field
of education cannot transmit to children what they do not know or share. Therefore, to foster
education in nature with pedagogical skill, it is important for each practitioner to become aware of
their own way of thinking and be willing to undergo an authentic noological revolution (Bateson,
1976), reviewing their own relationship with the environment in an educational key. Starting from
these premises, the participatory research focuses on the role of the early childhood practitioner, the
emotions they feel, and the meanings they give to the outdoor spaces of the educational facility they
inhabit in on a daily basis and share with the children. Placing the focus on the adult’s viewpoint
meant investigating their experiences and how these can condition the children's relations with more
natural, destructured spaces. The results gathered by two tools, heart maps and lived-experience
descriptions reveal difficulties teachers experience in connection with some spaces which are
considered challenging and the necessity to support teachers in the reappropriation of those spaces
with a view to identifying new perspectives for improvement.
professional competence,lived space,preschool service,participatory research
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Call for Papers: Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (APJRECE)
Special Issue Deadline: January 15, 2016
Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (APJRECE) is an official publication of the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association (PECERA) that is dedicated to disseminating and supporting research in early childhood education within the Pacific area.
APJRECE is released three times a year in January, May, and September. In 2016, the second issue of Volume 10 will be a special issue. The topic for the special issue is “Power of Play in Young Children’s Growth and Learning”. The Guest Editor for the special issue is Dr. Wonyoung Rhee, Professor Emerita at Chung-Ang University, Korea.
We are seeking reports of current research on this topic, papers that address issues in the application of play research, and papers that review a specific research area of young children’s play and are especially informative about studies needed to fill knowledge gaps. The manuscripts for the special issue should be submitted online by January 15, 2016, following the guidelines described on the journal website. Please visit the homepage of Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (www.apjrece.com,www.pecerajournal.com), and you will find not only full details on aims and scope, editorial policy, and paper submission but the orange colored button, named Manuscript Management System of APJRECE, for paper submission.
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