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Curriculum Perspectives

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 163–167 | Cite as

Take the class outside! A call for place-based outdoor learning in the Australian primary school curriculum

  • Amanda LloydEmail author
  • Son Truong
  • Tonia Gray
Point and counterpoint

Introduction

Despite evidence supporting the benefits of outdoor learning, there is seemingly a decline in school learning experiences that take place outside the four walls of the classroom. Writing within a Western context, Waite (2010) argues that despite broad educational aims being addressed through outdoor learning, the classroom and indoor settings remain the usual place that learning is considered to occur. Correspondingly, Harris and Bilton (2018) highlight that while there are strong educational reasons in favour of outdoor learning, many teachers may find it difficult to engage with these experiences for students, particularly with a global “… growing emphasis on measurable academic outcomes” (p. 1). Within this contemporary context, there is a need to rethink approaches to outdoor learning that provide students with meaningful and engaging educational experiences across all areas of the curriculum.

This article presents an argument in favour of place-based outdoor...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Outdoor Connections AustraliaWerri BeachAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Educational ResearchWestern Sydney UniversityPenrithAustralia

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