Assessing the Affective in Active Spaces
This chapter explores the benefit of local environment and social knowledge in practitioner-led research in woodlands, alongside some of the obstacles to researching from the field (or woods!). It describes how Good from Woods practitioners developed a research focus, chose, developed and used appropriate methods suited to a woodland context, addressed and overcame some of the barriers to achieving this. It critiques of the fit of certain methods and tools with active, outdoor contexts. The challenges and opportunities of measuring wellbeing in an outdoor setting and with some of the communities natural health services are targeted towards are introduced, prior to their more detailed discussion in the case study chapters. The development of practitioner’s research capacity during Good from Woods provides real-life examples of some of the critical issues raised.
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