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High-Quality Outdoor Learning

Evidence-based Education Outside the Classroom for Children, Teachers and Society

  • This open access book which focuses on curriculum-based high-quality learning

  • Enables decision makers to evaluate benefits of outdoor learning

  • Highlights the benefits of outdoor teaching

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

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Table of contents (21 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. Outdoor Learning—Why It Should Be High up on the Agenda of Every Educator

    • Rolf Jucker, Jakob von Au
    Pages 1-26Open Access
  3. The Scientific Case for Outdoor Learning

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 27-27
    2. A Coordinated Research Agenda for Nature-Based Learning

      • Cathy Jordan, Louise Chawla
      Pages 29-46Open Access
    3. Refueling Students in Flight: Lessons in Nature May Boost Subsequent Classroom Engagement

      • Ming Kuo, Matthew H. E. M. Browning, Milbert L. Penner
      Pages 67-94Open Access
    4. Childhood Nature Connection and Constructive Hope

      • Louise Chawla
      Pages 95-122Open Access
  4. High-Quality Research—Findings from TEACHOUT

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 133-133
    2. Pupils’ Well-Being, Mental and Social Health

      • Erik Mygind, Mads Bølling
      Pages 153-168Open Access
  5. Health and Well-Being for Pupils and Teachers

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 169-169
    2. Some Impacts on Health and Wellbeing from School-Based Outdoor Learning

      • Sue Waite, Jennie Aronsson
      Pages 171-190Open Access
    3. Outdoor Learning and Children’s Eyesight

      • Richard Hobday
      Pages 201-208Open Access
  6. Outdoor Learning Fosters Twenty-First Century Competencies

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 209-209
    2. Rediscovering the Potential of Outdoor Learning for Developing 21st Century Competencies

      • Jeff Mann, Tonia Gray, Son Truong
      Pages 211-229Open Access
    3. Fostering 21st Century Skills Through Autonomy Supportive Science Education Outside the Classroom

      • Ulrich Dettweiler, Gabriele Lauterbach, Christoph Mall, Ruth Kermish-Allen
      Pages 231-253Open Access
  7. Teacher Competencies in Focus

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 255-255
    2. Research and Documentation of Outdoor-Based Teaching in Teacher Education—The EOT Project

      • Christina Wolf, Patrick Kunz, Nicolas Robin
      Pages 257-267Open Access

About this book

This open access book reviews evidence and case studies on the effects of outdoor learning on teachers and learners. It shows how real-world learning outside the classroom contributes to unlocking the full potential of learners, demonstrating its benefits for academic learning, social competencies, personal and emotional development, psychological well-being, and physical activity and health. In addition, the book highlights how outdoor learning nurtures environmental awareness and helps learners to tackle current sustainability challenges. Its focus on high-quality learning makes it a unique contribution to the implementation of SDG 4. Aimed at lecturers at teacher training universities, teachers, professional educators, coaches, and multipliers who train staff of educational NGOs, as well as decision makers on all levels of education systems, this book is of interest to all those who seek a more in-depth understanding of the future of education.


  • Outdoor-based learning
  • high-quality learning
  • place-based learning
  • experiential learning
  • environmental education
  • outdoor education
  • education outside the classroom (EOtC)
  • Open Access
  • TEACHOUT research project
  • Outdoor Learning and Children’s Eyesight
  • Impacts on health and wellbeing from outdoor learning
  • Teacher’s competences for teaching outside the classroom
  • Nature-Based Learning
  • Childhood nature connection
  • School-based outdoor learning
  • SDG 4
  • Sustainable Development Goals 4

Editors and Affiliations

  • SILVIVA–Swiss Foundation for Nature-based Learning, Zürich, Switzerland

    Rolf Jucker

  • Englisches Institut Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

    Jakob von Au

About the editors

Dr Rolf Jucker is currently Director of the Swiss Foundation for Nature-based Learning (SILVIVA) and a learning for sustainability expert, having previously served as Director of the Swiss Foundation for Environmental Education from 2008 to 2012. He gained an MSc in Education for Sustainability (EfS) and has worked and published extensively on education for a viable future.

Dr Jakob von Au currently works at the Englisches Institut Heidelberg as a teacher and at the University of Education Heidelberg, Germany, as a lecturer in Outdoor Teaching and Education for Sustainable Development. He wrote his PhD on Outdoor Learning and is the co-editor of the first substantial collection of research on outdoor-based learning in German

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: High-Quality Outdoor Learning

  • Book Subtitle: Evidence-based Education Outside the Classroom for Children, Teachers and Society

  • Editors: Rolf Jucker, Jakob von Au

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-04107-5

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-04110-5

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-04108-2

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: IX, 386

  • Number of Illustrations: 18 b/w illustrations, 73 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Outdoor Education, Environmental and Sustainability Education, Human Geography

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)