Outdoor education in formal education

Jan Činčera, Jakub Holec
DOI: https://doi.org/10.14712/18023061.533

Abstract

The study summarizes the results of more than 70 studies analyzing the impact of outdoor formal education programs on students’ knowledge, attitudes, skills, beliefs, and behavior. We found a prevailing evidence of the benefits of outdoor programs, in both an absolute sense and relative to indoor lessons. The most significant barrier to extending outdoor formal education programs we identified was the concept of outdoor education as it is perceived by school teachers and administrators. In the study, we call for a “blended” educational approach merging indoor and outdoor educational settings to maximize the impact on students.  

Keywords

Outdoor education; place-based education; school garden; community projects; field study; residential programs

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