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Thinking Critically about Environments for Young Children: Bridging Theory and
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Thinking Critically about Environments for Young Children: Bridging Theory and Practice Paperback - 2014

by Lisa P. Kuh (Editor); Sharon Ryan (Editor)


From the publisher

This comprehensive book will help early childhood practitioners consider the "why" and "how" of setting up classrooms and other learning spaces to create environments that are most conducive to child development. Using a practice-based focus and a researcher lens, the contributors consider the ways in which environments for children enhance or diminish educational experiences, how social constructs about what is good for children influence environmental design, and what practitioners can do in their own work when creating learning environments for young children. There are copious examples from practice, lessons learned, and illustrations and photographs of key aspects of the environments they discuss. Organized into three parts, this essential text addresses:

  • Aesthetics, politics, and space configurations in school environments for young children.
  • Outdoor spaces, beginning with intentionally designed playscapes, children's gardens, and spontaneous improvisational play venues.
  • The role of environments outside school, including informal learning environments that promote science knowledge, museum spaces, and virtual environments.

A unique combination of the philosophical and practical aspects of formal and informal environments, this volume enables educators to create and articulate why carefully designed children's spaces are critical to their learning and development.

Details

  • Title Thinking Critically about Environments for Young Children: Bridging Theory and Practice
  • Author Lisa P. Kuh (Editor); Sharon Ryan (Editor)
  • Binding Paperback
  • Pages 216
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Teachers College Press
  • Date 2014-06
  • Illustrated Yes
  • ISBN 9780807755457 / 0807755451
  • Weight 0.66 lbs (0.30 kg)
  • Dimensions 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.6 in (22.61 x 15.49 x 1.52 cm)
  • Themes
    • Interdisciplinary Studies: Early Childhood Education
  • Library of Congress subjects Classroom environment, Outdoor recreation for children
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2014002133
  • Dewey Decimal Code 372.21

About the author

Lisa P. Kuh is an assistant professor in the Family Studies Department at the University of New Hampshire, the consultant for Pedagogy and Inquiry at the UNH Child Study and Development Center, and coordinator of the undergraduate early childhood teacher preparation program. She is coprincipal investigator on the Natural Playground Project.