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A GoPro Look on How Children Aged 17–25 Months Assess and Manage Risk during Free Exploration in a Varied Natural Environment

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Department of Natural Sciences, Practical-Aesthetic, Social and Religious Studies, Østfold University College, 1757 Halden, Norway
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Department of Physical Education and Health, Queen Maud University College of Early Childhood Education, 7044 Trondheim, Norway
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Educ. Sci. 2022, 12(5), 361; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci12050361
Received: 21 April 2022 / Revised: 16 May 2022 / Accepted: 17 May 2022 / Published: 21 May 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Learning Space and Environment of Early Childhood Education)
Research indicates that risky play has positive effects on children’s development, learning and health, and ability to assess and manage risk, but there is a lack of knowledge on how toddlers engage in risky play. This study aims to investigate how toddlers assess and manage risk in free exploration in a varied natural environment and was conducted within an explorative qualitative approach. Observations were collected through head-mounted GoPro cameras while seven toddlers freely explored a natural environment. The results show that toddlers are able to assess and manage risks in challenging natural environments. They develop their own risk management skills and assess risks directly and indirectly. The results also show that practitioners sometimes perform risk assessment/management on behalf of the child and thus override the child’s own actions. The findings suggest implications for an early childhood education and care (ECEC) practice where children even as young as 17–25 months should be allowed to explore challenging environments and learn how to assess and manage risks. View Full-Text
Keywords: toddlers; risk assessment; risk management; exploration; GoPro toddlers; risk assessment; risk management; exploration; GoPro
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Tangen, S.; Olsen, A.; Sandseter, E.B.H. A GoPro Look on How Children Aged 17–25 Months Assess and Manage Risk during Free Exploration in a Varied Natural Environment. Educ. Sci. 2022, 12, 361. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci12050361

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Tangen S, Olsen A, Sandseter EBH. A GoPro Look on How Children Aged 17–25 Months Assess and Manage Risk during Free Exploration in a Varied Natural Environment. Education Sciences. 2022; 12(5):361. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci12050361

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Tangen, Steffen, Alexander Olsen, and Ellen Beate Hansen Sandseter. 2022. "A GoPro Look on How Children Aged 17–25 Months Assess and Manage Risk during Free Exploration in a Varied Natural Environment" Education Sciences 12, no. 5: 361. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci12050361

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