About the authors
Dr Helen Little is a Senior Lecturer and Early Childhood Program Director in the Department of Educational Studies, Macquarie University. She has undertaken extensive research on risk-taking in outdoor play.
Dr Sue Elliott is a Senior Lecturer and Course Co-ordinator in Early Childhood Education at the University of New England. She has research interests in education for sustainability and natural outdoor playspaces.
Dr Shirley Wyver is a Senior Lecturer in child development in the Department of Educational Studies, Macquarie University. Her research interests are in early play and cognitive/social development.
‘A much needed and comprehensive resource for pre-service teachers and educators of young children that encompasses philosophies, theories, pedagogy and practice for purposeful engagement of children in all kinds of outdoor spaces in Australia.’
– Dr Kumara Ward, Director of Academic Program: Early Childhood Education, Western Sydney University
‘This seminal work will provide a shared language and framework for educators, policy developers, community builders and researchers in exploring the justifications for engaging children in well considered outdoor learning places and spaces.’
– Leanne Grogan, School of Education, Outdoor and Environmental Studies, La Trobe University.