Nature Inspired Books & Research

Escaping to nature to learn: research article

Published by Alix Marschani on 21st October 2019 at 7:37 am | No Comments

Zeivots, S. (2019). Escaping to nature to learn: emotional highs in adult learners. Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education. 1-18. The message of this research study is in the title – ‘escaping’. I quote from the abstract: ‘Nature was seen by participants as a learning environment where temporary escape from one’s customary life is possible. […]

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Guided play with curriculum outcomes

Published by Alix Marschani on 14th October 2019 at 11:27 am | No Comments

The Journal Early Years has just published a research article on guided play and learning in the Early Years. It describes an approach to guided-play that involves both adult and child participation. Whilst the study was carried out in South Africa and Canada respectively, it contains useful insights for practice in the UK. To set […]

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Udeskole or Outdoor School

Published by Alix Marschani on 7th October 2019 at 1:18 pm | No Comments

What does Udeskole mean? It is a general term that refers to curriculum based teaching outdoors or in a natural environment on a regular basis. It promotes a pupils activity level, well-being and academic learning. It is what I would understand by the term Outdoor School. Researchers from Denmark are interested to understand how Udeskole […]

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Outdoor Classroom Day

Published by Alix Marschani on 22nd September 2019 at 10:16 am | No Comments

The Outdoor Classroom Day is held on Thursday 7th November 2019 and it is a global event. https://outdoorclassroomday.org.uk/ Please click link if you want to sign up. And presenting the evidence for outdoor learning and play is their downloadable Muddy Hands Report: https://outdoorclassroomday.org.uk/2018/11/01/muddy-hands-report-released-on-outdoor-classroom-day/ Go out and make learning memorable!

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HEIDA: A shepherd at the edge of the world

Published by Alix Marschani on 7th September 2019 at 3:51 pm | No Comments

A reality read that threw me into the Icelandic life of Heida and her sheep. Revealed was the passion and pain of dealing with 500 sheep in a remote and isolated corner of Iceland. Living alsongside Katla the volcano who occasionally spewed ash and smoke to remind everyone of its notorious presence. The daily chores […]

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Poems to mark the end of summer

Published by Alix Marschani on 31st August 2019 at 6:39 pm | No Comments

A lovely walk in the Hertfordshire countryside with a friend and their dog marked the end of August for me. These two poems came to mind. The first reminds me that our physical presence impacts upon nature as we develop our leisurely appreciation of it, while the latter jolts me into the sensory reality of […]

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