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The perceptions of trainee teachers towards Forest School, does connection to nature matter?

Cont, S, Rowley, A, Knowles, Z and Bowe, C (2023) The perceptions of trainee teachers towards Forest School, does connection to nature matter? Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning. ISSN 1472-9679

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Open Access URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/14729679.2023.2180764 (published)


The increasing popularity of outdoor learning (OL) amongst researchers and practitioners highlighted the need to further investigate primary teacher trainees (PTTs) perception. This research explores PTTs’ experiences and attitudes toward OL and how this may be related to their levels of nature connection. Participants were PTTs from an English University who were considering attending Forest School (FS) Training Level 1 as part of their Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course. This mixed-methods research employed the Nature Relatedness (NR) scale to measure trainees’ relationship with nature. Semi structured interviews with those who chose to attend FS training were conducted to ascertain their perceptions and attitudes towards the training. Through Thematic Analysis of interviews five themes emerged, including
favourable perceptions of FS Training and OL for their future teaching career and a positive nature connection. A significant difference in the mean NR scores of trainees choosing and not choosing to attend the training was identified. Higher NR scores were found for the group who chose to attend the FS training and lower NR for the group who chose not to attend the training.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy; 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Education
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2023 15:38
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2023 13:00
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/14729679.2023.2180764
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18754
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