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International Perspectives on Forest School

International Perspectives on Forest School
Natural Spaces to Play and Learn

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September 2013 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Forest School is now implemented across a wide range of settings both nationally and internationally, and this book explores the global similarities between the Forest School approach and how natural spaces are being used all over the world.

Written by a range of international authors, the text includes perspectives from:

- Sweden

- Portugal

- Brazil

- Germany

- Slovenia

- South Africa

- Australia

- USA and Canada

- India

It considers the impact that global influences have on early learning, and reflects on how the Forest School approach is used in the UK.

With case studies, annotated further reading and points for practice this is a key text for all those studying Early Childhood Studies, Early Years and Primary Education.

Sara Knight is Principal Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University. She is a trained Forest School practitioner and author of Forest Schools For All, Risk and Adventure in Early Years Outdoor Play and Forest School and Outdoor Learning (all published by SAGE).

Sara Knight
The Impact of Forest School on Education for Sustainable Development in the Early Years in England
Jane Waters
Talking in Wild Outdoor Spaces: Children Bringing Their Interests to Their Teachers in Wales
Jochem Schirp and Martin Vollmar
Nature, Adventure and Early Education. A Regional Approach in Germany
Eva Ärlemalm-Hagsér and Anette Sandberg
Outdoor Play in a Swedish Preschool Context
Mojca Kokot Krajnc and Ana Vovk Korže
Increasing Experiential Learning Using Ecoremediations in Slovenia
Aida Figueiredo, Gabriela Portugal, Pedro Sá-Couto and Carlos Neto
Early Outdoor Learning in Portugal
Edson Grandisoli
Building Sustainability through Consumption in Brazil
Theodora Papatheodorou
The 'Veggie Bag' and Its Potential for 'Connected Knowing' – An Experience from a South African Context
Sue Elliott
Play in Nature: Bush Kinder in Australia
Libby Lee-Hammond and Elizabeth Jackson-Barrett
Aboriginal Children’s Participation and Engagement in Bush School
Christian Winterbottom and Vickie E. Lake
Teaching Teachers to Use the Outdoor Environment in the USA
Ithel Jones and Tingting Xu
Health Lessons from Nature in the US
Lori Driussi
Cultivating Canadian Learners – Outside!
Mallika Kanyal
Indian Children’s Perceptions of their School Environment

For students in Eco Mediated Pedagogy recommended.

Mrs Ineke Edes
peda, Hogeschool Utrecht
April 28, 2015

This book is interesting as it brings the international perspective alive and would be valuable for students wanting to extended their thoughts in this area.

Michelle Harris
Early Years, Gloucestershire College
April 17, 2015

No longer delivering this module

Sasha Pleasance
Care & Learning Opportunities, South Devon College
February 25, 2015

A great text for student teachers to engage with when considering learning in alternative settings.

Mrs Catherine Carden
POINTED, Canterbury Christ Church University
February 5, 2015

A good companion to the other books written by the author. Clearly laid out and signposted; relevant and accessible for students

Mr Graham Robertson
Cass School of Education, University of East London
January 15, 2015

This is recommended reading for the BA (Hons) CHild Development and Education. For modules inspecting Global Childhood or Different Childhoods this book is a wonderful companion. With case Studies, activities and further reading lists, this resource is invaluable when looking at outdoor education and Forest School links theoughout the globe.

Miss Jo Button
Education , South Devon College
October 2, 2014

This book explores the relationships between the adult and the child. The content is very relevant to the current emphasis on two year olds.

Ms Patrique McGrath
Dept Of Care And Early Years, Weston College
August 26, 2014

A very useful book that provides students with an excellent insight into the key ideas underpinning Forest Schools in a day and age when too often children are discouraged from being outside by the perceived 'risks' it poses.

Mrs Elizabeth Richards
Department of Social and Psychological Sciences, Edge Hill Univ.
July 9, 2014

An well organised book that discusses the international perspectives on the Forest School approach. Activities and case studies are presented as well.

Mrs Svetlana Shivacheva
University Centre Croydon, Croydon College
July 1, 2014

Some very interesting chapters by the different authors giving a wide range of different, international perspectives.

Dr Richard Greenwood
Primary Education, Stranmillis University College
June 5, 2014

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