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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.

 

Mountaineering Scotland - Conservation Strategy 2019

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“Respecting Scotland’s Mountains” is Mountaineering Scotland’s vision for Scotland’s mountain environment and sets the overall policy framework for protecting landscape and wildlife while encouraging the development of a sustainable economy in fragile upland landscapes.

High Quality Outdoor Learning : 2015

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The High Quality Outdoor Learning guide clearly outlines the benefits of working in the natural world and has been written to help you evaluate and then set about improving, or further improving, the quality of outdoor learning.

Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning : 2010 Learning and Teaching Scotland

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The journey through education for any child in Scotland must include opportunities for a series of planned, quality outdoor learning experiences. Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning is designed to help teachers, educators, Community Learning and Development (CLD) and their partners, including the voluntary sector, plan such experiences to ensure that progressive and sustainable outdoor learning opportunities are embedded in the new curriculum.

Defra : 25 year environment plan

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This 25 Year Environment Plan sets out government action to help the natural world regain and retain good health. It aims to deliver cleaner air and water in our cities and rural landscapes, protect threatened species and provide richer wildlife habitats. It calls for an approach to agriculture, forestry, land use and fishing that puts the environment first.

Natural Childhood by Stephen Moss 2012 - National Trust Report

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Natural Childhood presents compelling evidence that we as a nation, and especially our children, are exhibiting the symptoms of a modern phenomenon known as ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’. We look at what this disorder is costing us, why it’s proving so difficult to reverse, and gather current thinking on what we must do to eliminate it, before opening up the question to the nation for consideration.

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