Integrating outdoor learning into the curriculum: an exploration in four nations
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This paper explores an increasing awareness among policy-makers that learning outside can provide beneficial experiences for pupils in compulsory education. It has arisen from the work undertaken during a three-year UK Economic and Social Research Council International Networking and Partnership Award (ES/J019445/1), in which colleagues from Australia, Denmark, England and Singapore met regularly to discuss learning outside, to theorise activity and to disseminate research undertaken in each nation.
The global context: flows and connections
Bringing researchers together from four very different nations enabled us to think about trends within our own countries, and then more broadly to ideas of policy commonalities and differences across the globe. The idea of ‘flow’ has been prominent in globalisation literature, with Lewis and Lingard (2015, p.622) suggesting that we currently live in a dynamic, highly interconnected world of flows ‘of people, ideas, discourses and...
KeywordsOutdoor learning Government policy models Culture change
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