What is this all about?!
The aims of this research are as follows:
Gather Teacher Experiences
I’m interested to know about the experiences of teachers from a range of schools across York, in delivering outdoor education for their students. Some teachers will struggle with the notion of learning outside the classroom whilst others will have it down to a fine art. I’m interested in what works and doesn’t work for you.
Compare to other Research
There is a wealth of evidence surrounding the benefits of outdoor education and recently there has been a 4-year long demonstration project in the south of England concerning the effective implementation of LiNE in 125 schools. I’m interested in how this and other research can benefit students and teachers in York.
Teachers in York will have learned valuable lessons of what to do and what not to do when it comes to learning outside the classroom. There are also many lessons learned from the Natural Connections Demonstration Project and other studies. I’d like to share these solutions with teachers in all of the schools in York.
There are many fantastic people in York willing to share their local knowledge with York schools and there already exists York-specific lesson plans that you can use along with specialist equipment for you to borrow. I’ll be creating a curated directory of Outdoor Education Resources to help you deliver LiNE in your schools.
For several decades there has been a growing body of evidence highlighting the benefits of outdoor education but from 2012 to 2016 Natural England, Defra, Historical England and other bodies came together with the University of Plymouth to conduct England's biggest study into Learning in the Natural Environment.
Overwhelming benefits to both students and teachers were observed including better engagement in learning and academic achievement, better motor skills and increase levels of physical activity and improvement in behaviour and attendance rates for students, along with positive impacts on teaching practice, professional development, job satisfaction and the health and well-being of teachers.
95% of children surveyed said outdoor learning makes lessons more enjoyable
85% of schools saw a positive impact on behaviour
90% of staff surveyed found outdoor learning to be useful for curriculum delivery
92% of schools said it improves pupils’ health and wellbeing and engages them with learning
The Natural Connections Demonstration Project 2012-16
Who am I?
York St. John University take ethics in research very seriously and as such this research has had to pass through their research ethics process before it gained clearance for me to start.
This includes ensuring the privacy of those individuals taking part, as well as that of the schools involved. As such, no individual or school will be identified in this research.
For further details of these and other safeguards that are in place for this research please see this blog post.
** THIS RESEARCH HAS NOW FINISHED **
THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to this research!
I really appreciate the time you have all taken to help me, and even more so to share your wealth of experiences of outdoor education.
It has been enlightening speaking with you or reading about your experiences, both good and bad.
I hope the findings will help to implement more LiNE across the City.
You can read about the findings by clicking the button.
** This project has now finished **
The blog post below showing the findings of the research is useful, and the other blog posts may still be of interest to you.
And of course, don't forget the OutdoorEducationResources.UK website.
Here’s a selection of comments from the participants of the research into outdoor education in York: Thank you to all the participants who took time out to complete the questionnaire or speak with me directly. You can download a summary report of the research into Learning in the Natural Environment here. This research had 40+ Read more about The results are in… What did this research show?[…]
(updated July 2018) You may not have heard of the term ‘Learning in Natural Environments’ or the acronym ‘LiNE’ before and maybe more used to describing these activities as ‘outdoor education’ or ‘learning outside the classroom’. To confuse matters you may see me using these expressions interchangeably! As part of my research I have tried to make sense of Read more about The Various Types of Outdoor Education (and what they mean!)[…]
What can be done to enhance the provision of Learning in Natural Environments (LiNE) for school children in York LEA? Background: • The Natural Connections Demonstration Project (Waite et al, 2016) was a 4-year study involving 40,000 school children in 125 schools in the south-west of England. It looked at the benefits to children and Read more about Extra details of my research into Outdoor Education in York[…]
The ethics and implications of conducting research are taken very seriously by York St. John University and they have a rigorous scrutiny procedure to gain ethical clearance for any research to be undertaken by their staff and students. Here you can see how your data will be collected and used during this outdoor education research project. Read more about Research Ethics of the Outdoor Education in York study[…]