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The nature of learning at forest school: practitioners' perspectives

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
Pages (from-to)272-291
JournalEducation 3 to 13
Journal publication date4 Mar 2017
Early online date11 Sep 2015
StatePublished - 4 Mar 2017


This paper investigates forest school practitioners perceptions of learning at forest
school to identify the topics covered, the learning styles, and the philosophies
underpinning its delivery, based on interviews with experienced forest school
practitioners. Practitioners identified the focus of learning at forest school as social
development: teamwork, relationships with others, self-knowledge, and learning to
take risks. Children also engaged with nature and developed an attachment to the
woods where forest school took place. Learning styles were kinaesthetic, sensory, and experiential. Forest school leaders saw themselves as facilitators of learning rather than teachers.


This is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Education 3-13 on 11 September 2015, available online at

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