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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)1-20
JournalEducation 3 to 13
Journal publication date11 Sep 2015
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StatePublished - 11 Sep 2015

Abstract

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.

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This is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Education 3-13 on 11 September 2015, available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03004279.2015.1078833 Frances Harris (2015): 'The nature of learning at forest school: practitioners' perspectives' Education 3-13. Under embargo. Embargo end date: 11 March 2017

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