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Grindheim Liv Torunn et al. (Editors), "Outdoor Learning and Play", Springer Nature, 2021, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-72595-2, License:

This Open Access book examines children’s participation in dialectical reciprocity with place-based institutional practices by presenting empirical research from Australia, Brazil, China, Poland, Norway and Wales. Underpinned by cultural-historical theory, the analysis reveals how outdoors and nature form unique conditions for children's play, formal and informal learning and cultural formation. The analysis also surfaces how inequalities exist in societies and communities, which often limit and constrain families' and children's access to and participation in outdoor spaces and nature. The findings highlight how institutional practices are shaped by pedagogical content, teachers' training, institutional regulations and societal perceptions of nature, children and suitable, sustainable education for young children. Due to crises, such as climate change and the recent pandemic, specific focus on the outdoors and nature in cultural formation is timely for the cultural-historical theoretical tradition. In doing so, the book provides empirical and theoretical support for policy makers, researchers, educators and families to enhance, increase and sustain outdoor and nature education.


Benefits Of Outdoor Activities For Young Children, Children’s Health, Well-being, Learning And Development, Development Of Pedagogical Practices, Cultural Formation At A Personal Level, Cultural Formation At An Institutional Level, Cultural Formation At A Societal Level, Everyday Practices Of Interactions Between Children And Parents, Three- And Four-year-old’s Play Activities, Children’s Exploration, Outdoor Play And Learning In Australia, Outdoor Play And Learning In Denmark, Outdoor Play And Learning In China, Outdoor Play And Learning In England, Outdoor Play And Learning In Norway, Outdoor Play And Learning In Poland, Place-based Learning And Play

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