Bring Education Outdoors (BE OUT)
Outdoor play and learning has many known benefits for children. It helps them make sense of the world, be more physically active, regulate emotions and learn to cooperate with others. Learning can be profoundly enriched by outdoor play, and schools are an important opportunity for all children to access this pedagogical approach.
Teachers face many challenges moving their class outdoors. We are developing an online tool that teachers can use as they transition to outdoor play and learning. This study benefits from the learnings of Megan Zeni’s PhD research [link] with teachers experienced with outdoor learning.
We are now recruiting Canadian elementary school teachers who practice outdoor learning to help us build the tool by sharing media materials such as photos and videos that show effective and feasible outdoor play and learning in schools.
Generously supported by the BC Children’s Research Foundation