Curriculum Perspectives

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 181–186 | Cite as

Vertical schooling and learning transformations in curriculum research: points and counterpoints in outdoor education and sustainability

  • Son TruongEmail author
  • Michael Singh
  • Carol Reid
  • Tonia Gray
  • Kumara Ward
Point and counterpoint


Urbanisation, environmental degradation, and lack of green spaces in dense metropolitan environments raises critical considerations for curriculum research. Urban densification has led to the prominence of high-rise architecture across city skylines and similar trends are underway in education where ‘vertical schooling’ (VS) is making its debut in Australia (Bleby 2016; Edwards 2017; The Urban Developer 2018). The issues discussed in this article relate to an impending future urban landscape of VS with limited space for direct contact and access to nature. Firstly, the prominence of VS within the national context is discussed, identifying critical questions relating to its potential impact on students’ access to, understandings of, and relationships with nature. Secondly, an overview of the benefits of nature and outdoor learning is presented and followed by an examination of curriculum links that support education for sustainability and place-based outdoor learning....


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Son Truong
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michael Singh
    • 1
  • Carol Reid
    • 1
  • Tonia Gray
    • 1
  • Kumara Ward
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Educational ResearchWestern Sydney UniversityPenrithAustralia

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