Outdoor education in formal education

  • Jan Činčera
  • Jakub Holec
Keywords: Outdoor education, place-based education, school garden, community projects, field study, residential programs

Abstract

The study summarizes the results of more than 70 studies analyzing the impact of outdoor formal education programs on students’ knowledge, attitudes, skills, beliefs, and behavior. We found a prevailing evidence of the benefits of outdoor programs, in both an absolute sense and relative to indoor lessons. The most significant barrier to extending outdoor formal education programs we identified was the concept of outdoor education as it is perceived by school teachers and administrators. In the study, we call for a “blended” educational approach merging indoor and outdoor educational settings to maximize the impact on students.  

Author Biographies

Jan Činčera
The author is an associate professor at Masaryk University of Brno (Faculty of social science, Department of environmental studies). He focuses on theory, methodics and evaluation of environmental education and education for sustainable development. He cooperates with environmental education centres as a programme evaluator and consultant.
Jakub Holec
National Insitute for Education

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Published
16. 12. 2016
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Činčera, J., & Holec, J. (2016). Outdoor education in formal education. Envigogika, 11(2). https://doi.org/10.14712/18023061.533
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