Being Confined within? Constructions of the Good Childhood and Outdoor Play in Early Childhood Education and Care Settings in Ireland

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Title: Being Confined within? Constructions of the Good Childhood and Outdoor Play in Early Childhood Education and Care Settings in Ireland
Authors: Kernan, Margaret
Devine, Dympna
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/6412
Date: Sep-2010
Abstract: This study is based on a study of the experience of the outdoors in early childhood education and care settings in Ireland. Central to the analyses are the inter-linkages drawn between constructions of a 'good' childhood, and children’s 'need' for outdoor play, as well as the contradictions which arise around competing discourses of safety and protection versus play and autonomy in the structuring of children’s everyday lives. The findings indicate that the outdoors is increasingly marginalised in young children’s everyday experiences. Conclusions are drawn with reference to the implications for the development of real and meaningful outdoor play experiences for children in early childhood education and care settings.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley
Copyright (published version): 2009 the Authors and National Children’s Bureau
Keywords: Constructions of childhood;Early childhood;Outdoor play;Power;Time and space
DOI: 10.1111/j.1099-0860.2009.00249.x
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Education Research Collection

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