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ERIC Number: EJ1180367
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Can't See the Wood for the Trees? What Forest School Can Do for Science
Hayward, Jenny
Primary Science, n153 p28-30 May 2018
Originating in Scandinavia, Forest School is a form of child-centred outdoor education with an ethos of promoting children's independence and raising children's self-esteem. It also allows children to pursue their own interests and fosters curiosity in the natural world. The emphasis on child-led learning within a framework of tight boundaries and expectations allows the children to have the confidence to learn new skills and try things out for themselves. In this article, Jenny Hayward, who has been involved in delivering Forest School sessions for almost five years, explores the impact Forest School can have for learners. Forest School, which has strong cross-curricular links, should be regarded as something that is uniquely positioned to support the development of enquiring minds and positive learning attitudes. Such attributes are key components in the effective development of children's scientific education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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