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ERIC Number: EJ995386
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1038-2046
Delivering Formal Outdoor Learning in Protected Areas: A Case Study of Scottish Natural Heritage National Nature Reserves
Black, Rosemary
International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, v22 n1 p4-22 2013
In most countries, protected area management agencies provide formal outdoor learning opportunities for a wide range of educational groups. For high-quality formal outdoor learning programmes that provide a range of experiences to be effectively delivered, specific resources and infrastructure are needed. Using the case study of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), this study sought to explore issues surrounding the planning and delivery of outdoor learning programmes in outdoor settings. Semi-structured qualitative interviews with education officers employed by five Scottish heritage agencies were undertaken. Based on the interview data, a set of criteria were developed that need to be met to effectively deliver outdoor learning in protected areas such as SNH National Nature Reserves (NNRs). The criteria can also be used to strategically identify and prioritise areas or sites for formal outdoor learning purposes. These criteria were then applied to SNH NNRs to identify and prioritise reserves for formal outdoor learning. The study identified a range of factors that need to be addressed in the planning and delivery of formal outdoor learning programmes and a set of criteria that need to be met to effectively deliver formal outdoor learning programmes in outdoor settings such as protected areas. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)
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