Learning Outside the Classroom
Learning Outside the Classroom outlines theory and practice that will enable and encourage teachers to systematically and progressively incorporate meaningful outdoor learning opportunities into their daily teaching activities in a wide variety of environments and with diverse populations of pupils. This is the first textbook based around the curriculum for prospective and practising primary and secondary teachers and other outdoor educators. The principles and examples presented are intended to be adapted by teachers to suit the needs of their students in ways that draw upon content offered by the local landscape and its natural and built heritage. Although the focus of this book is ‘the real world’ beyond the classroom, it is also about good teaching — wherever it takes place. While there are chapters on practical issues such as risk-management and supervising groups outdoors, the chapters on curriculum, sustainability, curiosity, responsibility, and educational communities will serve as a valuable guide for anyone interested in applying educational theory to practice.
David Hopkins, Professor Emeritus, Instute of Education, University of London.
"Tha practical suggestions and approaches in "Learning Outside the Classroom" will reduce the mystery and increase the ability of educators and others to give children and their families the gifts of nature, to help them live healthier, happier, and smarter lives. Moreover, the authors of this book join a rising chorus in stating clearly and unequivocally that a meaningful connection to the natural world should be considered a human right. Yes, we need more research in this arena, but we know enough to act, and "Learning Outside the Classroom" will help educators, parents, and other caring adults do just that."
Richard Louv, author of "Last Child in the Woods" and "The Nature Principle".