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					 Preschool Outdoor Environment Measurement
              Scale (POEMS) ®
POEMS is an asse ssment tool for evaluating the
quality of outdoor environments for children 3-5
years old. It is:
       a tool to assess the quality of early childhood
        outdoor environments,
       a self-study resource for teachers and                      Notes & Ideas
        administrators, and
       a design and planning guide for thos e intending
        to improve the quality of children's outdoor
        preschool environments.
                                                                    Physical Environment

POEMS cont ains 56 items grouped in five domains:
Physical Environment 13 items
Interactions           13 items in 4 categories                     Interactions
                       (Interactions with the
                       environment, Child-child
                       interactions, Teacher-child
                       interactions, Parent-child
                       interactions)                                Play and Learning Settings
Play and Learning      13 items in 2 categories
Settings               (Feat ures, Materials and loose
                       parts)
Program                9 items
Teacher/Caregiver      8 items including an interview
Role                                                                Program

POEMS Features
      User guide
      Scale items and scoring protocol
      Key learning points for each domain
                o provides users with additional information
                     and suggestions to develop high quality        Teacher/Caregiver Role
                     outdoor environments.
      Self-Improvement Plan
                o A blank and a completed example to use as
                     a self- planning and self- study guide.
      Glossary of ke y terms
                o Defines terms used in the scale that may be
                     unfamiliar to some individuals
      Reliability and validity information                         POEMS is publis hed by Kaplan Early Learning
                o Reliability established through a research        Company. For details and ordering information, visit:
                     study with 41 programs and 162 children.       http://www.kaplanco.com/index.asp
                     Details include Inter-observer reliability,    Search on POEMS
                     internal consistency and concurrent validity
                     (NC Star Ratings and time-sampling             Other resources:
                     observations of child and teacher behavior).
                     Expert re view documented content and face     Natural Learning Initiative -
                     validity.                                      http://www.naturalearning.org/

Authors:                                                            Mak ing the Most of Your Outdoor Time Cooperative
Karen DeBord, Ph.D., North Carolina State University                Extension publication
Linda Hestenes, PhD., University of North Carolina at               http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/fcs/human/pubs/FCS507.pdf
    Greensboro
Robin Moore, Dipl. Arch, MCP, North Carolina State University       POEMS video-
Nilda Cosco, Psp., North Carolina State University                  http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/fcs/human/child/POEMS
Janet McGinnis, M.Ed., NC More-at-Four Pre-Kindergarten
    Program                                                         POEMS website http://www.poemsnc.org/



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