Translating Forest School: A response to Leather

Short Communication


This paper responds to criticisms of the lack of a theoretical framework for Forest School by demonstrating its social constructivist paradigm and its links to theories of play. It explores the cultural context that has allowed Forest School to flourish in the UK and explains the origins of the leadership qualification studied by practitioners.


Forest School Social paradigm Play Learning Leadership 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Forest SchoolSudburyUK

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