WHY TEACH OUTSIDE?

Learning outside has many benefits for students


COGNITIVE

  • Increased interest in science and science careers 

  • Increased attention span 

  • Positive science learning outcomes 

  • Increased motivation and engagement 

 

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL

  • Reduces stress and anxiety

  • Improves feelings of connectedness 

  • Helps student develop a sense of place and care for environment 

 

PHYSICAL

  • Being outside decreases the transmission of diseases such as COVID-19 

  • Opportunity for increased physical activity 

  • Engage multiple senses

 


References

Blair, D. (2009). The child in the garden: An evaluative review of the benefits of school gardening. The journal of environmental education40(2), 15-38.

 

SEER (State Education and Environment Roundtable) (2000) The effects of environment-based education on student achievement. Available: http://www.seer.org/pages/csap.pdf (accessed 23 January, 2004). 

 

Dyment, J. E. (2005). Green school grounds as sites for outdoor learning: Barriers and opportunities. International Research in Geographical & Environmental Education14(1), 28-45.

 

Lieberman, G. A., & Hoody, L. L. (1998). Closing the Achievement Gap: Using the Environment as an Integrating Context for Learning. Results of a Nationwide Study.

Wells, N. M., & Evans, G. W. (2003). Nearby nature: A buffer of life stress among rural children. Environment and behavior35(3), 311-330.

 

Jennings, V., & Bamkole, O. (2019). The relationship between social cohesion and urban green space: An avenue for health promotion. International journal of environmental research and public health16(3), 452.

 

Wilson, R. (1997). A sense of place. Early Childhood Education Journal, 24(3), 191-194.

            

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2019). Small and large gatherings. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/gatherings.html