Bringing Mythical Forests to Life in Early Childhood Education

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Sintonen , S 2020 , ' Bringing Mythical Forests to Life in Early Childhood Education ' , International journal of early childhood environmental education , vol. 7 , no. 3 , pp. 62-70 . < https://naturalstart.org/research/ijecee/volume-7-number-3 >

Title: Bringing Mythical Forests to Life in Early Childhood Education
Author: Sintonen, Sara
Contributor organization: Department of Education
Date: 2020-08
Language: eng
Number of pages: 9
Belongs to series: International journal of early childhood environmental education
ISSN: 2331-0464
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/319891
Abstract: In this article, I have sought to develop an understanding of the contribution of imaginative and nature appreciation in early childhood environmental education dealing with old, cultural nature myths and beliefs. The argument rests on the belief that the basis of a child-environmental education is in imagination which resonates with play, aesthetics and storytelling as old, historical nature myths have a story-like power to transform human perception of the world and our relationship to it. The thinking of the old nature myths and development of early childhood environmental education is in this article relying on new materialism and posthumanist thinking of intra-action (Barad 2003; 2007). This article specifically considers the usage of material Whisper of the Spirit, which places educators in the position of examining their environmental education practices as relative, evolving and emergent situations in which the old nature myths and the existing material components could have their role and significance.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
nature myths
environmental education
Finnish education
early childhood education
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
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