Developing good practice in the provision of outdoor education in the early years

Gaunt, J., 2008. Developing good practice in the provision of outdoor education in the early years. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.


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This study is an investigation into the relationship between children's use of the outdoor environment and the early years curriculum. An action research approach was used in which cycles of observation, reflection and intervention led to deeper understandings about children's learning and the way it can be facilitated through the use of outdoor learning experiences. The findings highlight the potential an outdoor space can offer children as a base for learning and demonstrate how learning outdoors enables children to develop dispositions which are vital for their future achievements. I set the research in the historical context by drawing on the work of people in the past who have influenced the development of early years education and whose work is still relevant today. The research process has included a major action research cycle through which the outdoor environment of the setting was developed from a small nursery garden to a full forest school experience using the schools grounds and beyond.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Gaunt, J.
Date: 2008
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Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:33
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