Encouraging play in the natural environment : a child-focused case study of Forest School

Ridgers, Nicola D., Knowles, Zoe R. and Sayers, Jo 2012, Encouraging play in the natural environment : a child-focused case study of Forest School, Children's geographies, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 49-65.

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Title Encouraging play in the natural environment : a child-focused case study of Forest School
Author(s) Ridgers, Nicola D.
Knowles, Zoe R.
Sayers, Jo
Journal name Children's geographies
Volume number 10
Issue number 1
Start page 49
End page 65
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, England
Publication date 2012-02
ISSN 1473-3285
1473-3277
Keyword(s) qualitative methodology
children
natural play
Summary There is concern that children are becoming disengaged from the natural environment and are not being afforded the opportunities to play in such environments. To examine children's perceptions, knowledge and experiences of play in the natural environment, 17 children from one school participated in small focus groups before and after a 12-week Forest School that took place within a school woodland area. Using two qualitative approaches, we found that Forest School had a positive influence on children's natural play and their knowledge of the natural world around them.
Language eng
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050445

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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