Leslie Kochanowski

Leslie Jenna Kochanowski

Dir Academic

Edwards Center


CECH Arlitt Center - 0105


M.A.: University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio, 2013 (Educational Studies- Developmental & Learning Sciences)

B.S.: Ohio University Athens, Ohio, 2003 (Early Childhood Education)

PhD: University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH, 2022 (Educational Studies - Developmental and Learning Sciences - Child Development - Early Childhood Education)

Research and Practice Interests

Early Childhood Education for Sustainability (ECEfS); Nature Playscapes; Nature Based Early Learning; Design of Early Learning Environments; Environment-Learning Relationship; Child Development; Quality in Early Childhood Education; Play; Creativity/Inquiry; Pedagogical Values; Teacher Dispostions; Reggio Emilia; Social Justice; Power to the Profession; Qualitative Research; Arts-based Research; Action Research; Practitioner Research; Program Evaluation

Positions and Work Experience

2019 -To Present Director of Research & Initiatives, Arlitt Center for Education, Research & Sustainability,

Research Support

2018 PNC Charitable Trusts Arlitt Children's Studio $50,000 Type:Grant


Peer Reviewed Publications

Schlembach, S., Kochanowski, L., Brown, R. D., & Carr, V. (2018. ) Early childhood educators’ perceptions of play and inquiry on a nature playscape.Children, Youth and Environments, , 28 (2 ) ,82-101 More Information

Carr, V., Brown, R. D., Schlembach, S., & Kochanowski, L. (2017. ) Nature by design: Playscape affordances support the use of executive function in preschoolers.Children, Youth and Environments, , 27 (2 ) ,25-46 More Information

Griebling, S., Jacobs, J., Kochanowski, L. & Vaughn, L. (2016. ) What preschool children like best about school .Dimensions of Early Childhood, , 44 (2 ) ,18-26

Kochanowski, L. & Carr, V. (2014. ) Nature playscapes as contexts for fostering self-determination .Children, Youth and Environments, , 24 (2 ) ,146-167

Carr, V., Kochanowski, L., Konerman, R. (2015. ) Playscapes: A photo essay .Journal of Playwork Practice, , 2 (1 ) ,97-102