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 [...]

15thNovember 2022

Wee Forest takes root at Queen Margaret University’s Outdoor Learning Hub

15.11.22|Categories: Places|Tags: , , , , , |

Wee Forests provide a great resource for Outdoor Learning and for STEM learning outdoors. NatureScot provided funding to establish a Wee Forest at Queen Margaret University's Outdoor Learning Hub in 2022.  This means every year hundreds of undergraduate school teachers learn about the benefits of teaching outdoors. Check out this [...]

3rdAugust 2022

Sustainability webinar for educators September 2022

03.08.22|Categories: Training|Tags: , , , , |

The first of the Learning for Sustainability Scotland series of ‘Putting Learning for Sustainability at the heart of practice’ webinars takes place on 7 September 2022. This is for primary sector teachers. This series is aimed at early learning and childcare and schools, in partnership with the Educational Institute of [...]

6thJuly 2022

What impact does nature-specific outdoor learning have on school children’s learning and development?

06.07.22|Categories: Research|Tags: , , , , , |

This paper Getting Out of the Classroom and Into Nature: A Systematic Review of Nature-Specific Outdoor Learning on School Children's Learning and Development  is published in Frontiers in Psychology (16 May 2022). It describes a systematic review carried out by Jeff Mann et al. The authors conclude that nature-specific outdoor [...]

9thFebruary 2022

Evaluating the impact of climate emergency career-long professional learning (CLPL) for primary teachers in Scotland to enable sustainable learning

09.02.22|Categories: Miscellaneous, Resources|Tags: , , , , |

This open access article by member Dr Stephen Hendry (in the Association of Science Education School Science Review No.383) reflects on the impact of delivering career-long professional learning (CLPL) to Scottish primary teachers (teaching pupils aged 5–11 years), in the context of the climate emergency. It draws on teachers’ reflections, while recommendations include building [...]

23rdSeptember 2021

University branches out with outdoor learning for future teachers

23.09.21|Categories: Miscellaneous, Training|Tags: , , , , , , |

STV news (17 September 2021) shares how first year teaching student are gaining skills in delivering with outdoor lessons, at Queen Margaret University’s new outdoor learning hub. The university is revising the way it teaches life lessons and is looking to impart the skills it takes to teach outside.

11thAugust 2021

Outdoor Learning @ Seven Lochs

11.08.21|Categories: Resources|Tags: , , , , |

Teachers, support staff, pupils and project managers feature in this short film which focuses on outdoor learning at Seven Lochs Wetland Park. The project delivered a range of outdoor learning activities for pupils of all ages and abilities, to encourage children to care for the park's nature through learning and [...]