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International Perspectives on Forest School: Natural Spaces to Play and Learn

by Sara Knight SAGE Publications Ltd
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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.

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

Key issues raised by the book include the different cultural constructs of childhood and education, and how these affect the provision for learning in natural environments. Students, practitioners and scholars in early childhood and wider education will find the text a useful reference. There are points for practice, lucid case studies and useful lists for further reading, which may be difficult to find elsewhere; being able to access international authors and their references in one book is useful.
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).