Capstone/Dissertation Title

Integrating outdoor education into a school setting

Term

2012

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Abstract

Seeking to answer - How can outdoor education be effectively integrated into a school's learning community? - the study involved surveying teachers at two rural Minnesota elementary schools about their interests, knowledge, and experiences using the outdoors with students. Student learning experiences in the outdoors at one school occurred only a few times a year, while happening frequently throughout the year at the other school. A number of factors were found to be barriers to teaching outside for teachers, including limited knowledge, time, and management of students. The lack of professional development in the area of outdoor education among teachers at one school was found to be a major difference compared to teachers at the other school. From study results, a number of goals were laid out to help guide the integration of outdoor education effectively into a school's learning community.

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