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Muddy knees and muddy needs: parents perceptions of outdoor learning

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posted on 2023-11-27, 14:24 authored by Katie ParsonsKatie Parsons, J Traunter

Research highlights that children across the UK access the outdoors less than previous generations, often at levels below that prescribed by the United Nations as a basic level of outdoor access for prisoners. School staff and parents are intrinsic partners in facilitating children’s access to the outdoors and the associated learning opportunities it presents. There exists however a complex set of relationships and perceptions governing the dynamics of these relationships and the resultant access to opportunities presented by learning outdoors. This paper aims to explore these perceptions by examining data collected through a combination of questionnaires and interviews with parents and teachers. The results indicate a significant disconnect in parent and teacher perceptions related to the purpose and opportunities for learning outdoors. These findings have a range of important implications for early childhood educators, parents and others looking to promote the outdoors as a learning environment across the foundation stage.

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Published in

Children's Geographies

Volume

18

Issue

6

Pages

699 - 711

Publisher

Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Acceptance date

2019-11-07

Publication date

2019-11-26

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

1473-3285

eISSN

1473-3277

Language

  • en

Depositor

Katie Parsons. Deposit date: 24 November 2023

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