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

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posted on 2012-02-01, 00:00 authored by Nicky RidgersNicky Ridgers, Z Knowles, J Sayers
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.

History

Journal

Children's geographies

Volume

10

Pagination

49-65

Location

Abingdon, England

ISSN

1473-3285

eISSN

1473-3277

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2012, Taylor & Francis

Issue

1

Publisher

Taylor & Francis