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Romar, Jan-Erik; Enqvist, Ida; Kulmala, Janne; Kallio, Jouni; Tammelin, Tuija – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2019
In this study, we aimed at comparing Finnish primary school students' physical activity and sedentary time during outdoor-learning and traditional school days. Outdoor learning is defined as purposeful and planned learning experiences in the outdoors . The study population consisted 20 students in grades 1-6 at one primary school. Physical…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Physical Activity Level, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries
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Prince, Heather E. – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2019
Outdoor learning provides memorably relevant learning and authentic, contextualised opportunities to extend classroom-based education. This research draws on empirical data from surveys involving teachers in primary schools in England in 1995 and 2017 (n=61 and n=40 respectively). The evidence illustrates that schools are continuing to use their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Outdoor Education, Elementary Education
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Sjöblom, Pia; Svens, Maria – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2019
Finnish nature schools are environmental education organisations offering outdoor programmes for classes in natural environments. They are intended to contribute to the aims of the national curriculum in various subjects. This qualitative study examines how students describe their learning in a nature school context and how they describe…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Foreign Countries, Environmental Education, National Curriculum
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Hammarsten, Maria; Askerlund, Per; Almers, Ellen; Avery, Helen; Samuelsson, Tobias – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2019
Today, cities become more dense, green spaces disappear and children spend less time outdoors. Research suggests that these conditions create health problems and lack of ecological literacy. To reverse such trends, localities are creating urban green spaces for children to visit during school time. Drawing on ideas in ecological literacy, this…
Descriptors: Ecology, Literacy, Outdoor Education, Gardening
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Engelen, Lina; Wyver, Shirley; Perry, Gabrielle; Bundy, Anita; Chan, Tammie Kit Yee; Ragen, Jo; Bauman, Adrian; Naughton, Geraldine – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2018
Our aims were to examine the efficacy of a new observational instrument "System for Observing Outdoor Play" for detecting changes in outdoor play and chart the use of recycled and repurposed materials in the school playground during the course of an intervention to increase outdoor play. Children from one Sydney primary school were…
Descriptors: Observation, Play, Playgrounds, Elementary School Students
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Sahrakhiz, Sarah; Harring, Marius; Witte, Matthias D. – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2018
This article examines learning processes and learning opportunities in the outdoor school based on 13 focus-group interviews with children (ages 8-9) at three German elementary schools. For 1 year, cross-curricular teaching had taken place once a week outside the classroom--in natural settings, at cultural sites or on school grounds. The article…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Outdoor Education, Learning Processes, Educational Opportunities
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Cotterill, Stewart T.; Brown, Hazel – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2018
Research evidence suggests that outdoor education offers significant potential in priming healthy physical activity behaviors, developing life skills, enhancing self-esteem and promoting improved academic performance. The aim of the current study was to explore from a cross-sectional perspective the perceived benefits of a dinghy sailing program…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Aquatic Sports, Outdoor Education
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Hyndman, Brendon; Mahony, Linda – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2018
Creativity is described as an important cognitive process by which ideas are generated, developed and transformed. Despite the importance of creativity for students' intellectual development, the types of outdoor physical activities students engage in within primary schools according to creativity criteria has yet to be explored. The purpose of…
Descriptors: Creativity, Outdoor Education, Physical Activities, Qualitative Research
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Murphy, Marie Claire – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2018
Forest School is a concept, or intervention to traditional educational settings, backed up by research and built upon long-standing theories that children engage with nature naturally and that learning becomes more relevant to the student when they can relate it to real life scenarios. This research documents the implementation of the Irish…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Visual Arts, Elementary School Curriculum, Curriculum Implementation
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Remington, Tara; Legge, Maureen – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2017
This research examines teaching outdoor education in two rural primary schools in Aotearoa New Zealand. The aim was to give "voice" to how outdoor education is taught, programmed and understood. Underpinning the research was the question: what factors enable/constrain teachers' ability to implement outdoor education? The findings…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Outdoor Education, Rural Schools, Elementary Schools
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Kangas, Marjaana; Kopisto, Kaisa; Löfman, Krista; Salo, Laura; Krokfors, Leena – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2017
This case study examined how the agency of a fifth-grade pupil appeared across different learning environments in the primary school context. In this study, agency is defined as the initiatives taken by an individual in interactive situations. The research question is: how does a pupil's agency manifest and vary through taking initiatives across…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Grade 5, Case Studies, Elementary School Students
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Manni, Annika; Ottander, Christina; Sporre, Karin – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2017
This study uses John Dewey's theoretical concept of "aesthetic experience" in empirically exploring expressions of cognition and emotion in students' meaning-making processes. A case study was conducted in one class of Grade 6 students during a single school semester. This article reports results from five outdoor days. The empirical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Grade 6, Aesthetics
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Silverman, Jonathan; Corneau, Nicole – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2017
Children today are spending less time than ever outdoors, contributing to a culture of environmental apathy and separation from the natural world. In the growing field of environmental education, teachers are challenged to introduce the outdoors into their curriculum. In Vermont, some public school teachers have successfully implemented…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Public Schools, Outdoor Education, Environmental Education
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Farmer, Victoria L.; Fitzgerald, Ruth P.; Williams, Sheila M.; Mann, Jim I.; Schofield, Grant; McPhee, Julia C.; Taylor, Rachael W. – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2017
"Risky" play is an important component of play, which positively affects the cognitive, social and emotional development of children. However, a growing culture of "risk aversion" may be limiting the degree of risk that children are allowed to encounter. We undertook qualitative interviews with eight schools to examine the…
Descriptors: Randomized Controlled Trials, Risk, Adventure Education, Play
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Dolan, Anne M. – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2016
Outdoor learning provides children with an opportunity to experience the interdisciplinary nature of the real world through interactions with each other and the planet. Geographical enquiry involves exploring the outdoors in an investigative capacity. Space, place and sustainability are three core concepts in primary geography, although…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Geography Instruction, Place Based Education, Curriculum Design
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