Outdoor Education and Science Achievement

TitleOutdoor Education and Science Achievement
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsRios, JM, Brewer, J
JournalApplied Environmental Education & Communication
Pagination234 - 240
Date Published2014/10/02/
ISBN Number1533-015X
AbstractElementary students have limited opportunities to learn science in an outdoor setting at school. Some suggest this is partially due to a lack of teacher efficacy teaching in an outdoor setting. Yet the research literature indicates that outdoor learning experiences develop positive environmental attitudes and can positively affect science achievement. Research also suggests that frequent outdoor learning experiences, implemented by a trained teacher in a familiar setting, like a schoolyard, can result in greater engagement and science achievement for students. Teachers can embrace outdoor learning opportunities as a means to increase science content knowledge and develop environmentally conscious students. In this article, we explore the positive effects of outdoor science education on achievement and suggest practical outdoor activities for classroom teachers.