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Green Space as Classroom: Outdoor School Teachers' Use, Preferences and Ecostrategies

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  • Peter Bentsen
  • Jasper Schipperijn
  • Frank S. Jensen

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More and more Danish teachers have started introducing curriculum-based outdoor learning as a weekly or biweekly 'outdoor school' day for school children. This move towards schooling in non-classroom spaces presents a challenge for green space managers. Basic managerial knowledge related to what, who, when and where has thus far only been supported by anecdotal evidence, but seems fundamental to the decision-making of a range of green space providers. The present study aims to describe, characterise and discuss outdoor teachers' use, preferences and ecostrategies in relation to green space. A nationwide survey was conducted among Danish teachers practising outdoor teaching (107 respondents), and it showed that a majority used and preferred forest areas. The outdoor teachers used mainly school grounds and local green space for their outdoor teaching with a majority using the same place or mostly the same place and preferring natural environments with easy access. We recommend that green space managers try to accommodate the ecostrategy preferred by outdoor teachers, i.e. visits to local and well-known places.

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  • Peter Bentsen & Jasper Schipperijn & Frank S. Jensen, 2013. "Green Space as Classroom: Outdoor School Teachers' Use, Preferences and Ecostrategies," Landscape Research, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 38(5), pages 561-575, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:clarxx:v:38:y:2013:i:5:p:561-575
    DOI: 10.1080/01426397.2012.690860
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