Conference Call For Proposals: “The ‘Wild’ Classroom in Early Childhood Education: (Re)Imagining Learning and Being in the Outdoors”
The CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR RESEARCH IN EARLY CHILDHOOD (CAREC) IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FOREST SCHOOL CANADA
May 29th, 2014
St. Catharines, Ontario
Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child recognizes a child’s right to play and children’s use of space for play is a key theme within research literature. Yet as Gill (2005) cautioned, “…children are disappearing from the outdoors at a rate that would make the top of any conservationist’s list of endangered species if they were any other member of the animal kingdom”. The ‘wild’ and natural outdoor environment represents a dynamic, imaginative, engaging, and inviting play context that enables children to develop holistically, fostering a positive sense of self and competency as a learner. Join scholars, researchers, and practitioners for an informative and engaging day of provoking conversations and critical dialogue as we imagine and re—‐imagine the significance and role of ‘wild’ and natural outdoor spaces for children’s holistic development, learning, and well—‐being within the Canadian early childhood education field.
Our full—‐day conference will begin with a short welcoming ceremony, followed by one 75 minute ‘invited’ presentation. The morning will finish off with a choice from 2 breakout sessions on varied conference—‐theme related topics. The afternoon sessions will consist of an additional 4 breakout sessions that conference delegates may choose from. Each break out session will be one hour in length and consist of 2 distinct presentations. Three nutrition breaks planned throughout the day will afford delegates ample opportunity to network as well as visit the poster sessions that will be on display throughout the day.
CAREC Proposal Instructions:
CAREC invites proposals on research that examines the inter—‐connectedness of young children’s play, education, holistic development, and the outdoors. Inter—‐disciplinary perspectives on the role of the outdoors on young children’s development & well—‐being are welcomed as well as submissions that focus on methodological considerations of outdoor research. Proposals should clearly relate to the theme of the post—‐conference: The ‘Wild’ Classroom in Early Childhood Education: (Re) Imagining Learning and Being in the Outdoors. Please submit a 250 word abstract (double spaced) summary that may include any/all of the following information:
Submission information may include:
A brief description of the focus of the proposal
Rationale and/or significance of the proposal
Methodology (if research based)
Please clearly indicate
which of the following best describes your submission:
Individual submission that can be considered for a breakout session
Please also include a short bio for each presenter.
Email your proposal as a Word Doc or RTF attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
Extended DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: March 3, 2014
All submissions will be reviewed and acceptances will be circulated by March 17, 2014. The organizing committee reserves the right to combine submissions for theme—‐based breakout sessions, and/or offer an alternative delivery format from what was submitted.
Thank you for your submission.
REGISTRATION WILL OPEN April 1st, 2014
Online through the CSSE membership services main page http://www.csse—‐scee.ca/membership/