Space and Place – Perspectives on Outdoor Teaching and Learning

Thesis on the exploration of the consequences of regular school-based outdoor teaching and learning in a Junior High School context. Written by Emilia Fägerstan, Dept. of Behavioural Sciences and Learning; Linköping University, Sweden in conjunction with Macquarie University, Australia.

Aims of the thesis – Space and Place – Perspectives on Outdoor Teaching and Learningoutdoor teachings glenhaven park camps

There is a need for more school-based research on outdoor teaching and learning, particularly in high school, and the overall aim of the
thesis is to explore the impact of regular school-based outdoor teaching and learning in a junior high school context. A second aim is to explore how Australian environmental education centre officers, who meet large number of students each year, and high school teachers perceive urban children’s experience of nature as well as how they perceive the potential advantages from a nature experience. The research questions addressed in this thesis are as follows:

1) What are the observations and perceptions of teachers regarding how children experience nature? (paper I)

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2) What is the potential of nature experiences according to teachers? (paper I)

3) What are the influences on students’ performance in biology, and what are the attitudes toward outdoor teaching and learning after being partially taught outdoors? (paper II)

4) Based on one year of experience, what are teachers’ perceptions of the educational potential of outdoor teaching and learning? (paper III)

5) How did teachers’ perception of outdoor teaching and learning differ after one year of experience compared with their initial perceptions? (paper III)

6) What are the influences on students’ performance in arithmetic and self-regulation skills after being partially taught outdoors? (paper IV)

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