IOL Blog - Comment from the Institute
Outdoor Learning: It’s not just an educational thing
With the increasing emphasis in education on evidence base and sharing of good practice it is possible to lose perspective when outdoor learning meets national and local government aspirations.
Categories: IOL Blog, Outdoor learning outcomes
The recently published report by the Department for Education into Character Education (August 2017) could be viewed as an exercise in re-branding but I think there is more to take from it than that. The reference to character traits in the report such as resilience, self-esteem and confidence, communication skills, self-regulation, perseverance and motivation, respect, tolerance and empathy, may lead an outdoor learning professional to think that they might be at the heart of a school’s approach to delivering Character Education. Think again! The survey of schools behind the report makes little to no reference to outdoor learning.
Categories: IOL Blog
Key editorial by the Editor, Elspeth Mason, from Horizons 79 ahead of the 20th Anniversary issue number 80.
Reflection and future ideas.
What have you done since the challenge at the 2016 IOL National Conference when Valerie Hannon asked ‘what is the purpose of outdoor learning?’ and challenged us with the evidence of need for a changed approach to learning in a rapidly changing global community.
So what is the purpose of your outdoor learning practice? For those working with schools it can be very easy with the regular work of the annual school cycle, to allow sole focus on the immediate learning programme content. For those working to develop the effectiveness of businesses or provide impactful leisure experiences, the pressure of generating the right level of income can also lead to a short term focus. Finding the space and asking such high level questions with potentially hard and far reaching answers, requires a change in mindset. How do you achieve that?
Categories: IOL Blog, Outdoor learning outcomes, Research
The recently published Westminster government's plan to tackle childhood obesity contains some encouraging elements that encourage regular exercise. The response of the press though has largely been around the responsibilities of the food and drinks industry and the retailers. Surely the debate should be about why people don't adopt healthy lifestyles and not how much tax should be levied on sugary drinks. It's worth reading what is a fairly short paper on the plan to tackle childhood obesity.
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