New Research On Outdoor Learning

As preschools and kindergartens across Australia embrace bush schooling and ‘nature play’, a research team led by Southern Cross University is working with young children and their teachers to unearth the evidence.

The researchers will present their findings and launch a series of tools for and by early childhood educators at a seminar at the Gold Coast campus.

Project leader, Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education at Southern Cross University, said the research focused on mapping the teaching of scientific concepts through nature play in early childhood education, with the eventual aim of improving STEM learning experiences and outcomes.

She says the new Mudbook Framework was co-designed with early childhood educators and children who participated in a Horizon project funded by the Queensland Government, researching the rapid resurgence in supporting open, free nature play in education settings.

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