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Angela Garden – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2024
Forest schools are distinctive outdoor spaces that are often regarded as an alternative to mainstream education. Their increasing popularity in the United Kingdom is often attributed to a perceived decrease in children's outdoor play, due to a concomitant increase in children's use of digital technologies in the home; further compounded by the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Forestry, Environmental Education, Outdoor Education
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Samantha Friedman; Jenny Gibson; Catherine Jones; Claire Hughes – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2024
Spending time in nature has benefits for wellbeing in children, but relatively little is known about how autistic children experience nature. Framed by self-determination theory, this case study addresses this gap by exploring the experiences of 25 autistic children participating in a Forest School at their specialist school in the East of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Children, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Students with Disabilities
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Merete Lund Fasting; Jannicke Høyem – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2024
This study conveys how young adults reflect upon their childhood experiences and memories of outdoor play, friluftsliv and outdoor places. Inspired by a phenomenological approach, we conducted walking interviews in nature areas where they used to play as children, revisiting the same informants and places as in a research project 14 years earlier.…
Descriptors: Play, Positive Attitudes, Recreational Activities, Reflection
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Agnieszka Janik – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2024
This paper focuses on children's perspective on their outdoor play environment. The research took place in settings with designated disadvantaged status--in the backyards of Przedmiescie Olawskie--a small district of a large city of Wroclaw, Poland. The research aimed to reveal dimensions of children's perception and understanding of studied…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Municipalities, Family Environment, Housing
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Speldewinde, Chris; Campbell, Coral – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2023
Research demonstrates that powerful factors are involved in growing young girls' STEM understandings. The development of a girl's STEM identity relies on interaction with significant adults/others and the availability of a positive STEM learning environment. Undertaking research into bush kinders across 2015-2020, our data highlighted the learning…
Descriptors: Females, Self Concept, STEM Education, Outdoor Education
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Kandemir, Melike; Sevimli-Celik, Serap – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2023
The aim of this study was twofold: (a) to carry out an in-depth investigation of teachers and parental views regarding outdoor play and learning, and (b) to examine the extent to which the objectives and goals related to outdoor play and learning were documented within the school curriculum. The data were collected qualitatively from 12 teachers…
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Play, Weather
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Waite, Sue; Husain, Fatima; Scandone, Berenice; Forsyth, Emma; Piggott, Hannah – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2023
The UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) commissioned research into provision of opportunities that support children and young people's (CYP) engagement with natural environments outside school time to identify whether CYP from disadvantaged backgrounds access the opportunities available, the challenges to do so, and…
Descriptors: Barriers, Cultural Influences, Natural Resources, Outdoor Education
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LeMasters, Annie C.; Vandermaas-Peeler, Maureen – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2023
Risky play, accompanied by thrilling feelings with real or perceived risks, is beneficial for children's development. Playground quality and teachers' attitudes about risk can influence preschoolers' risky play opportunities. In this study, 10 U.S. preschools' outdoor environments were rated using the Seven Cs Scale. Playgrounds scored lowest in…
Descriptors: Play, Preschool Education, Playgrounds, Risk
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Norazlan, Sarah Alia; Said, Ismail – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2023
Children's experiences with nature may develop ecological literacy and enhance their psychological well-being. However, a limited understanding of how the village landscape has functional impacts on the children's play behaviour and perceptual performances can influence ecological literacy. This study investigated children's preferences in the…
Descriptors: Preferences, Outdoor Education, Play, Animals
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Motta, Renata; Ferreira, Manuela – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2022
The growing interest in outdoor early childhood education, even in countries with a weak environmental tradition such as Portugal, tends to be associated with a concern over the alienation between urban/Western children and nature. While educational projects in nature criticize this separation, they still maintain a bad culture vs good nature…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Natural Resources, Play, Foreign Countries
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Miller, Nicole; Kumar, Saravana; Pearce, Karma L.; Baldock, Katherine L. – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2022
Nature-based play and learning is of increasing interest to primary schools. However, few studies have investigated primary school staffs' views. Therefore, this study aimed to survey school staff about the barriers and benefits of nature-based play and learning. The online cross-sectional survey was completed by 50 respondents each representing a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Outdoor Education, Elementary School Teachers, Natural Resources
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Bauer, Michelle E. E.; Brussoni, Mariana; Giles, Audrey R. – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2022
Rural mothers play important roles in shaping their children's play-related injury experiences. It is thus problematic that their perspectives on their outdoor play-related safety strategies are often considered peripheral to the perspectives of urban and suburban mothers in play research. To center their perspectives on this topic, we examined…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mothers, Rural Areas, Children
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Višnjic Jevtic, Adrijana; Sadownik, Alicja R.; Halavuk, Antonija – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2022
Existing research indicates that risky play plays a significant role in children's learning and development. Children's access to risky play is, however, culturally and institutionally mediated. The cultural values associated with a good childhood and the values and attitudes of people who are 'in charge' of children's activities have a…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Teachers, Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Risk
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Harper, Nevin J.; Obee, Patricia – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2021
Outdoor risky play provides developmental and health benefits for children, such as risk-assessment skills, increased physical activity and well-being and promoting social competencies and resilience. Modern Western society is highly risk-averse and many children are protected from risks more commonly experienced by previous generations. Forest…
Descriptors: Play, Outdoor Education, Child Development, Early Childhood Education
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Hunter-Doniger, Tracey – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2021
This study investigates the interconnectivity between art and ecology within a Forest School model. The success of outdoor programming, like Forest Schools, suggests that other outdoor curriculum art-based environmental education could provide valuable learning experiences. Within this article, the author dispels myths surrounding a romanticized…
Descriptors: Art Education, Environmental Education, Ecology, Forestry
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