Pedagogy beyond the gate: The Ngahere Project

Kelly, J and White, E 2012, 'Pedagogy beyond the gate: The Ngahere Project', Early Childhood Folio, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 5-11.

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Pedagogy beyond the gate: The Ngahere Project
Author(s) Kelly, J
White, E
Year 2012
Journal name Early Childhood Folio
Volume number 16
Issue number 2
Start page 5
End page 11
Total pages 7
Publisher New Zealand Council for Educational Research
Abstract The significance of experiences in nature for childrens learning and development has been expounded by philosophers and educationalists for centuries. In many contemporary early childhood education (ECE) settings, such experiences are highly valued. Nowadays, Froebels notion of kindergartens as childrens gardens is likely to be complemented by ideas from Steiner, Montessori, Malaguzzi and, more recently, by Scandinavian notions of forest kindergartens. In Aotearoa New Zealand the natural environment of the bush or ngahere, as it is known in te reo Māori, is also seen as a significant learning environment. This article explores some of the pedagogical issues a group of ECE teachers encountered with children during an action research project looking at teaching and learning possibilities in nature-based settings beyond the gate.
Subject Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
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ISSN 0112-0053
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