Outdoor Learning and Play Research Picnic 26 April 2023 1000 – 1500 Queen Margaret University
Are you an early career and experienced researcher, or a policy maker, research partner, or practitioner interested in engaging with research? You may be working in the education, welfare and health sectors in Scotland. If so, you may be interested in attending this event organised by the Scottish Outdoor Learning [...]
More kindergarten, less school for Scotland’s young children?
This TES article explores the issues of delaying school start to extend the play based pedagogy for young children, and the implications for the staff resource. Children in Scotland shared the link in their latest news bulletin: ‘Kindergarten stage’ in Scotland: what must happen to make it work TES Scotland [...]
High Quality Outdoor Learning: Evidence-based Education outside the Classroom for Children, Teachers and Society
SILVIVA, the Swiss Foundation for Nature-based Education, together with the University of Education Heidelberg and more than 30 international experts, have published a new anthology. This brings together the most important research results and arguments why "outdoor learning" must be a central element of a viable education for the 21th [...]
Outdoor education has psychological, cognitive and physical health benefits for children
This article in The Conversation (18 July 2022) describes outdoor education and research on teacher outdoor practice in Canada. It includes key messages for policy makers.
How can we pay attention to the climate and extinction crises?
This article in The Conversation (27 January 2022) explores the possible answers for policy making and mass behaviour to change, in the face of climate change and species extinction. The authors argue that, for this to happen, ‘we need to develop an emotional, rather than merely intellectual, relationship with the [...]
Local authority guidance to nurture young people though contact with nature
This briefing note for COSLA sets out key features and principles for Nature-based Solutions (NbS). It shows how these approaches contribute to a number of key Local Government priorities. Have a look at the prominent section on learning and play outdoors in nature. There are also useful summary references to [...]