25thJanuary 2023

Breeze Forest School programme: Forest School Research

25.01.23|Categories: Research|Tags: , , , , |

The Forest School Association have shared information on Scotswood Garden's Breeze Forest School Programme in the north of England. The report offers an in-depth evaluation of the last 3 years of the programme, delivered by Scotswood Garden, an FSA Recognised Forest School Provider, together with 4 partner schools and Newcastle [...]

5thJanuary 2023

Early Childhood Nature Connections Toolkit

05.01.23|Categories: Research, Resources|Tags: , , , , , |

Many cities are eager to find ways to bring nature’s benefits to young children where they live, play and learn. The Children and Nature Network share some valuable resources exploring Early Childhood Nature Connection Pathways through this online Early Childhood Nature Connections Toolkit. The four main pathways that cities can [...]

21stDecember 2022

Does outdoor education support teacher well-being?

21.12.22|Categories: Research|Tags: , , , |

This paper ‘School-based outdoor education and teacher subjective well-being: An exploratory study’ published 15 December 2022, describes a teacher survey carried out in Québec, Canada, during COVID-19. This study explored the possible relationships between outdoor education and preschool and primary school teachers’ subjective well-being (SWB). The study findings suggests that [...]

22ndNovember 2022

Connection to Nature briefing

22.11.22|Categories: Research|Tags: , , , , |

This Natural England briefing (published 7 November 2022) focuses on the evidence for connection to nature. It is one of a series that summarises evidence of the links between the natural environment and a range of outcomes. The notes are aimed at: policy makers, practitioners, practice enablers (including Natural England), [...]

2ndNovember 2022

Links between natural environments, learning and health: evidence briefing (Evidence information note no EIN063)

02.11.22|Categories: Research|Tags: , , , , , , |

This Natural England report (Dillon, Justin; Lovell, Becca, 2022) explores evidence on the impacts of learning in natural environments on learning processes and outcomes, and on health outcomes. It outlines the background to the briefing, indicating that it updates the original evidence briefing provided by Natural England in 2016 - [...]

22ndSeptember 2022

Why we might be getting outdoor education (very) wrong

22.09.22|Categories: Miscellaneous, Research|Tags: , , , , , |

School Outdoor Learning have shared this TES article about outdoor education. In particular, this quote stood out, "No research proves that forest school is any more beneficial than any other type of outdoor learning." The point being that all time spent learning outdoors is good for children and teachers. Forest [...]

8thSeptember 2022

High Quality Outdoor Learning: Evidence-based Education outside the Classroom for Children, Teachers and Society

08.09.22|Categories: Research, Resources|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]