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High-Quality Outdoor Learning

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

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  • 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
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Table of contents (21 chapters)

  1. The Scientific Case for Outdoor Learning

  2. High-Quality Research—Findings from TEACHOUT

  3. Health and Well-Being for Pupils and Teachers

  4. Outdoor Learning Fosters Twenty-First Century Competencies

  5. Teacher Competencies in Focus


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.

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

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-04107-5Published: 31 July 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-04110-5Published: 31 July 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-04108-2Published: 30 July 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: IX, 386

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

  • Topics: Sport Education and Didactics, Environmental and Sustainability Education, Science Education, Alternative Education, Human Geography

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