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Robinson, Daniel B.; Barrett, Joe – Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, 2017
Although outdoor play has been widely recognised for the many benefits it affords children, some have rationalised the need for it based on goals related to physical health. More specifically, these instrumental goals have been closely related to obesity, overweight, and/or physical (in)activity. Adhering to obesity discourses and the notion of a…
Descriptors: Play, Teaching Methods, Outdoor Education, Playgrounds
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Williams, Ian R.; Rose, Lauren M.; Raniti, Monika B.; Waloszek, Joanna; Dudgeon, Paul; Olsson, Craig A.; Patton, George C.; Allen, Nicholas B. – Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education, 2018
This paper describes a quasi-experimental crossover trial of an outdoor adventure program for Year 9 school students in Australia. Previous studies have reported a range of positive outcomes of outdoor camps and adventure programs, but cautious interpretation of some claims may be warranted due to limitations in research methods. This study…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Adolescent Development, Adventure Education, Outcomes of Education
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Martin, Hannah; Farrell, Antomia; Gray, James; Clark, Teresa B. – Physical Educator, 2018
Time spent in the outdoors has been proven to benefit individuals of all ages mentally and physically. For example, exposure to nature reduces stress levels, induces relaxation, and provides Vitamin D. Prior research has linked free play outdoors to helping elementary children focus better in the classroom, reducing symptoms of attention deficit…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Student Attitudes, Recess Breaks
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Millar, Mackayla – Primary Science, 2021
Educational visits are always a highlight of any school year, with museums, historical experiences and outdoor activity centres often winning in the popularity stakes, but what about a visit to a local manufacturing plant or science laboratory? Some might feel that this would be a health and safety headache best avoided, or perhaps that a class…
Descriptors: Field Trips, Student Motivation, Elementary School Students, Foreign Countries
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Harvey, Deborah; Montgomery, Louise; White, Rachel – School Science Review, 2021
Research has shown that spending time in nature is beneficial for children's mental wellbeing, but how long must they spend to gain some benefit? Here we present the results from two studies: the Schools' Biodiversity Project, which took place over a year, with children spending an hour a week exploring biodiversity in their school grounds; and a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Biodiversity, Science Activities, Outdoor Education
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Blackburn, Carolyn – Journal of Early Childhood Research, 2020
Friedrich Wilhelm August Froebel (1782-1852) yearned to promote and foster the harmonious and holistic development of young children through a combination of outdoor activities, songs and games. His Mother Songs, with games and exercises for mothers and their infants, aimed to encourage the use of senses, limbs and body to increase body awareness…
Descriptors: Hospitalized Children, Singing, Hospitals, Pediatrics
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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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Ray, Heather A.; Jakubec, Sonya L. – Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 2018
Although interaction with natural environments has been recognized as supportive to children's overall health, learning, and behavior, the decision-making process of teachers who implement outdoor education field experiences is not well understood. This narrative review summarizes the literature exploring motivators and deterrents for teacher…
Descriptors: Teacher Motivation, Teacher Education, Outdoor Education, Field Experience Programs
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Spencer, Ben; Jones, Tim; Leyland, Louise-Ann; van Reekum, Carien M.; Beale, Nick – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2019
This paper explores how people aged 50 and over, who were returning to cycling as part of an 8-week health and well-being trial, created their own cycling microadventures. Applying a stage model of the process of adventure to qualitative data generated from personal diaries and focus groups, we examine how older people anticipated and prepared for…
Descriptors: Older Adults, Physical Activities, Aging (Individuals), Gerontology
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Hill, Eddie; Wygant, Ben; Smith, Brian; Gómez, Edwin – Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 2017
Mountain biking is currently one of the fastest growing recreational activities in the world (Outdoor Foundation, 2013), but documenting the benefits has been challenging. The Benefits of Hiking Scale (BHS), a 38-item instrument assessing the values and benefits of using trails, has been used in national and state park trail research (Freidt,…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Recreational Activities, Recreational Facilities, Recreation
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Norðdahl, Kristín; Jóhannesson, Ingólfur Ásgeir – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2015
The aim of this study is to investigate what characterizes the discourse on the role of the outdoor environment in young children's learning in educational policy documents in Iceland. Policy documents, laws and regulations, national curriculum guides for pre- and compulsory school levels, and documents from municipalities were analyzed. A…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Position Papers, Content Analysis, Investigations
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McMillen, Jennifer D.; Swick, Shayna D.; Frazier, Lauren M.; Bishop, Matthew; Goodell, L. Suzanne – Journal of Early Childhood Research, 2019
The perceived benefits of outdoor learning have influenced recommendations and policies alike in early childhood education, yet one component (garden education) in Head Start preschools is inconsistent and researchers do not yet know why. The purposes of this qualitative interview study were to explore preschool teachers' experiences and…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Gardening, Preschool Education, Early Intervention
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Cooper, Allen – International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2015
Longitudinal studies now confirm the economic, academic, and social importance of high-quality early childhood education. At the same time, a substantial body of research indicates that an outdoor learning and play environment with diverse natural elements advances and enriches all of the domains relevant to the development, health, and well-being…
Descriptors: Natural Resources, Outdoor Education, Play, Child Development
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Beeman, Chris – Policy Futures in Education, 2021
Consideration of risk and liability in outdoor educative practice has normally been limited to the narrow risks, usually to physical health, of incidents that can cause a particular injury. In this view of risk management, the more readily controlled the circumstance, the less likelihood of risk and consequent liability. Thus, to reduce risk,…
Descriptors: Risk, Outdoor Education, Educational Policy, Risk Management
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Chesnut, Ryan; DiNallo, Jennifer M.; Czymoniewicz-Klippel, Melina T.; Perkins, Daniel F. – Health Education, 2018
Purpose: Parent-focused interventions (PFIs) are a promising method for supporting parents and promoting children's well-being. Few PFIs in the USA, however, include physical health promotion content and are universal programs. The purpose of this paper is to describe a universal health-promoting PFI for parents of elementary school-aged children…
Descriptors: Parent Education, Well Being, Child Health, Health Promotion
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