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Remmen, Kari Beate; Iversen, Elisabeth – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2023
Although there is a notion of a 'Nordic tradition' of outdoor education in the international literature, research from the Nordic countries is rarely included in research reviews. Therefore, this scoping review provides an overview of empirical studies on outdoor education (grades 1-13) from the Nordic countries. Of the 586 hits, 52 studies met…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Teacher Attitudes
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Barfod, Karen S. – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2023
After a COVID-19-induced lockdown in the spring of 2020 in Denmark, the reopening of schools involved bringing the teaching outdoors. This offered a unique opportunity to study the experiences of teachers not used to working outdoors. In light of Thomas Guskey's teacher development theory, these experiences are investigated in a qualitative…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing
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Quinto Romani, A.; Lund, R. L. – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2022
There has been an increasing focus on test scores and rankings in schools. However, the focus on children's standardized test scores has come at the cost of their social relations. As a reaction to this test-centric focus, new approaches claim that nature is important not only for children's social relations but also for their scholastic…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Outdoor Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Foreign Countries
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Boyes, Mike; Potter, Tom; Andkjaer, Soren; Lindner, Martin – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2019
This article explores the influential role of planning on recognition-primed decision-making. Considerable prior thinking occurs and there is a need to trace and account for the cognitive processes that precede and guide decisions in dynamic outdoor environments. Seven expert leaders from four countries were interviewed about memorable decisions…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Decision Making, Cognitive Processes, Specialists
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Vandermaas-Peeler, Maureen; Dean, Caroline; Biehl, Maja Sbahi; Mellman, Anna – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2019
Two studies were conducted in the US and Denmark to examine parents' beliefs about the importance of play and nature experiences for early childhood development. Thirty parents in the US and 19 parents in Denmark completed semi-structured interviews with quantitative and qualitative elements. Although families in both contexts highly valued…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parent Attitudes, Young Children, Play
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Barfod, Karen S. – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2018
Children today spend an increasing amount of time indoors, depriving them of the benefits of a more active outdoor life. In Scandinavia, regularly performed teaching outside the classroom, known as "udeskole", is growing in prevalence. This paper examines experienced teachers' perceptions of "udeskole", with the aim of…
Descriptors: Professional Isolation, Experienced Teachers, Teaching Experience, Outdoor Education
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Hartmeyer, Rikke; Mygind, Erik – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2016
The use of the "outdoors" in pre-school and school settings is becoming an increasingly important field of education and researchers have emphasised the positive influence of the "outdoors" on various social aspects. However, the facilitative conditions for such positive influences are not studied exhaustively. Therefore, we…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Qualitative Research, Content Analysis, Peer Relationship
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Wistoft, Karen – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2013
"Gardens for Bellies" ["Haver til Maver"] is an organic school gardens project at Krogerup farm in Northern Sealand, Denmark, which provides children with first-hand experiences in a natural, outdoor environment. The general intention of the project is to expand children's competences and their knowledge of nature, farming and…
Descriptors: Gardening, Outdoor Education, Foreign Countries, Food
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Bentsen, Peter; Jensen, Frank Sondergaard – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2012
An increasing number of Danish teachers have started introducing school-based outdoor learning as a weekly or biweekly "outdoor school" day for school children--often called "udeskole" in Danish. Although at least 14% of Danish schools practise this form of outdoor teaching with some classes, it is not mentioned in the national…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Learning Theories, Outdoor Education, Educational Practices
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Potter, Tom G.; Socha, Teresa L.; O'Connell, Timothy S. – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2012
In the light of recent challenges facing the field of outdoor adventure education in higher education, this exploratory study sought to identify some of the underlying political and institutional factors and societal influences on an international level that have led to the success of some programmes and the closure of others. Thirty-eight outdoor…
Descriptors: Adventure Education, Foreign Countries, Outdoor Education, College Faculty
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Andkjaer, Soren – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2012
The paper is based on a comparative and qualitative case study of "friluftsliv" in Denmark and outdoor education in New Zealand. Cultural analysis with a comparative cultural perspective informed the research approach. Configurational analysis was used as an important supplement to focus on cultural patterns linked to bodily movement. It…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Comparative Analysis, Foreign Countries, Case Studies
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Mygind, Erik – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2009
Two teachers from a school in Copenhagen were allowed to move their third grade teaching into a forest every Thursday for three years. Thus 20% of the class's regular teaching took place in an outdoor environment. The purpose of the present study was to ask the children how they experienced lessons in the classroom and the forest settings.…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Grade 3, Foreign Countries, Outdoor Education
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Mygind, Erik – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2007
Physical activity levels were measured with an accelerometer in a case study including 19 children, from nine to ten years of age, in a Danish primary school. The teachers conducted their teaching in a forest every Thursday from 2000 to 2003. The purpose of this study was to measure the students' activity levels during outdoor learning days in the…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Physical Activities, Physical Activity Level, Physical Health