This book explores contemporary developments in outdoor learning, where the outdoors is seen as the context rather than the subject of learning. Ranging from pathfinder pieces written by practitioners to rigorous research-based pieces of work, the book explores the growing interest in animals as the basis for wider learning strategies as well as drawing together a wide range of outdoor learning approaches for all ages. Within these two discrete sections the contributors, who are drawn from a wide range of practitioners, academics and researchers, describe and analyse innovative approaches that address the need to explore alternatives to current test-based approaches to education in the western world. The whole offers a contemporary, informative, alternative approach to outdoor learning for teachers, practitioners and students.
Roger Cutting is Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Plymouth, UK. He worked as an Associate Professor in Environmental Education for 16 years before becoming Education Lead at the Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth.
Rowena Passy is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Plymouth, UK. She has a long-standing interest in learning outdoors, shifting in her 40s from competitive horse-riding and teaching to academia, and is currently researching the effects of volunteering in the natural world.