Making The Case for Outdoor Learning

Research, reports, policy documents and news items in support of Outdoor Learning


The demand for Outdoor Learning programmes is increasing and strong cases are being made in support of the value of Outdoor Learning. All the following documents in this blog have a connection to the benefits of getting active, sharing an adventure, and enjoying the outdoors. This is dynamic and growing resource - please get in touch to suggest or share an entry.

You can find some key research papers here covering effective policy and practice in the sector. If you are looking to get involved in regional research, follow this link to find the research hub closest to you.


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Joint recommendations for reporting empirical research in outdoor, experiential, environmental, and adventure education journals.

A recently published article that was jointly authored by me, Uli Dettweiler (Stavanger University), Barbara Humberstone (Bucks New University), Bruce Martin (Ohio University), Heather Prince (University of Cumbria), and John Quay (Melbourne University). 

Background: Ongoing changes in academic publishing require periodic updates to research reporting standards in outdoor, experiential, environmental, and adventure education and recreation fields, to maintain quality and relevance.

Purpose: This essay interprets recent statements by major educational and psychological associations and applies their guidelines for research reporting to the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership (JOREL), the Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education (JOEE), the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning (JAEOL), and the Journal of Experiential Education (JEE). Methodology/Approach: This joint statement was written by editors of the JOREL, JOEE, JAEOL, and JEE to produce guidance for research reporting across these journal platforms. Findings/Conclusions: The associations’ recommendations for reporting qualitative and quantitative research should be considered as guidance for submitting future empirical manuscripts to the JOREL, JOEE, JAEOL, and JEE. Implications: Authors, reviewers, and readers should consult this essay for guidelines on reporting, reviewing, and reading research in the above journals.

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