“Outdoor Learning” or “Learning Outdoors”? What’s the Difference?

16 November 2020

'I™d like you to image a scenario where you are standing in a classroom and there is a choice of 2 doors to get outside. Both are brown. When you open either of them, they lead into the school grounds or a forest or a beach or any other place outside.

You turn to your colleague and ask which brown door you should open. She looks at you, shakes her head and says œHmm¦ well the door on the left is the brown door, but the door on the right is brown. You need to know the difference, my friend. At this point you would probably be wondering why your colleague is being grammatically pedantic. Does it really matter whether you say œThe door is brown or œThe brown door? Perhaps you have gone down a rabbit hole like Alice and hadn™t realised such differences matter in this strange new world.

If you look at my book title, it™s called œDirty Teaching: A Beginner™s Guide to Learning Outdoorsœ. When asked what I do for a living, I state that I am an education consultant who specialises in outdoor learning and play. I use œoutdoor learning and œlearning outdoors interchangeably. It is a normal and natural thing to do. This is in line with national guidance within Scotland. There is not one single national document that advocates a difference between œoutdoor learning and œlearning outdoors.'

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Click to find out more about Juliet's books Messy Maths and Dirty Teaching.

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