Research into
Learning in the Natural Environment
(LiNE) in York schools

What is this all about?!

This is a research project as part of my Masters in Education at York St. John University (more about me below).

The aims of this research are as follows:

** 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 here.

PLUS you can see all the great resource websites I have come across at the new website at OutdoorEducationResources.UK

THANK YOU!

The Evidence

There has recently been a 4 year long study into Learning in the Natural Environment in England called The Natural Connections Demonstration Project which highlighted the benefits of learning outside the classroom as well as looking at best practice in the delivery of it.
There are numerous benefits of LiNE for both students and teachers

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?

If I'm asking you to contribute to (or at least be interested in) this project then I should probably offer a bit of information about myself!

Research Ethics

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.

THANK YOU!

Updates...


** 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.

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