Outdoor Learning: Past and Present

Outdoor Learning: Past and Present


By (author) Rosaleen Joyce


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  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 10mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Milton Keynes
  • ISBN 10: 0335243010
  • ISBN 13: 9780335243013
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, black & white tables, figures
  • Sales rank: 1,165,274

Product description

The book breaks new ground by placing 'outdoor learning' in a theoretical, historical and social context of changing understandings of children, childhood and the use of the outdoors. The books approach is based on the premise that ideas phase in and out of use depending on social and political contexts. This perspective will help people to think about how present day attitudes regarding outdoor learning came to be, where they came from and to question their 'newness'. The author argues that outdoor learning needs to be looked at in a historical context so that you can understand the contribution of previous educational thinkers on today's views and practices. The main historical thinkers considered include Comenius, Pestalozzi, Froebel, and Margaret McMillan as well as the views of more modern contributors and the Forest Schools in the UK. Joyce makes it possible to look more critically at today's approaches and influences on outdoor learning. She considers how children are regarded today within these approaches and whether these constructs are in the children's best interests. Key features of this book include: A reflective approach to practice Effective training for practitioners in their use of the outdoors - recognising the different approaches required from those used in the indoor classroom This book is essential reading for all early years practitioners.

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Author information

Rosaleen Joyce has extensive experience as an Early Years practitioner, who has written both books and articles for Scholastic.

Table of contents

Introduction Outdoor learning in the historical context of childhood 1500- the present Born to be educated: John Amos Comenius (1592-1670) Born to learn: Johan Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746-1827) Born to do: Friedrich Froebel (1782-1852)His inheritance Born to breathe: Margaret McMillan (1860-1931) Born to learn in nature: Gosta Frohm in Sweden (1908-1999) Born to be free: Forest Schools in the UK (1950's - present) Conclusion