Outdoor Learning Research
Evolving research and practice development in Outdoor Learning
There is a wealth of research papers available to those who which to explore the impact of outdoor learning, its efficacy with certain populations in certain settings adopting particular practices.
In 2015 the Institute worked with the Blagrave Trust, Giving Evidence and University College London to review the effectiveness of outdoor learning in the UK, resulting in the Blagrave Report
that made the following recommendations;
- Pull together the various data sources to give the current picture, and create a system to regularly capture data on the types and volumes of activity.
- Improve practitioners’ theories of change, enabling practitioners’ to both create and to use them - they are invaluable for understanding why an intervention works and hence whether it is likely to work in other contexts.
- Convene practitioners, researchers and others to prioritise research topics.
- Manage the resulting sector-wide research agenda, through relationships with funders, and possibly by creating partnerships between practitioners and researchers.
- Ensure that both interventions and research are described clearly, fully and publicly.
The Institute is supporting the sector’s work to develop better articulated and researched outcomes across outdoor learning. We are keen to encourage a healthy dialogue between practitioners and academics and are committed to supporting research initiatives that :
- result in a better understanding of the breadth and depth of outdoor learning practice
- encourage the development and use of good practice
- raise the value placed on outdoor learning
Prior to a more comprehensive agenda and structuring of Outdoor Learning research the following papers are suggested as helpful in considering effective policy and practice in the sector.