Why wild education? Outdoor learning and education is a rising concept, backed by more and more scientific research.
Here I’ll share related news articles, research papers, books and more.
Social and Emotional Development
“When planned and implemented well, Learning Outside the Classroom contributed significantly to raising standards and improving pupils’ personal, social an emotional development.” OFSTED 2008
It is becoming clear that outdoor education and learning are instrumental in children’s development. Motivation, confidence and attendance rate are all improved with regular, planned outdoor learning. Additionally, social skills are further developed; including sharing, positive play behaviour and teamwork. Emotional connections to the natural world are forged and will remain for life. Regular outdoor learning also gives children a sense of community and the wider area, developing responsible citizens and conscientious adults.
Delve into the shocking pages of ‘Last Child in the Woods’ by best selling author Richard Louv. This book highlights how drastically things have changed in childhood. Children spend vast amounts of their time indoors, in stark comparison to their parents. Children are now connected only to technology. In America links to direct contact to the outdoors and nature have physical and emotional benefits, reducing symptoms of ADHA (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), stress and depression.
Persil – Dirt is Good
Persil has some great studies and research on the decline of outdoor play. They’ve found that 74% of children in the UK play outdoors for an hour or less each day. Children now spend twice as much time on screens, connecting to technology than they do connecting to nature and the outside. Children learn essential life skills through outdoor play and education. Problem solving, resilience, teamwork, cooperation, communication, creativity and social skills are all developed with time spent out in nature.