New edition of bestselling textbook embraces the rennaissance of the residential experience

The second edition of Sue Waite’s ‘Children Learning Outside the Classroom, from Birth to Eleven’ was published this week featuring a chapter on the renaissance of the residential experience and their contribution to outdoor learning. The chapter focusses particularly on the Learning Away programme and is written by Dr Chris Loynes, who was one of the consultants on the action research phase of the Learning Away programme and now chairs the Learning Away research working group.

Chris comments:

“It’s exciting to see the evidence, ideas and case studies developed through Learning Away changing the quality of practice so that residentials can impact that much more on teaching and learning in and out of school. What is more, it is inspiring to see how other schools are responding to these possibilities and developing new and ‘brilliant residentials’. I am delighted to have had the chance to share some of this experience through the chapter in this justly popular second edition of ‘Children Learning Outside the Classroom’. Imagine the educational potential of combining the practices from the chapters throughout this book and sometimes doing that on a residential. The possibilities are transformative for students, teachers and schools.”

The new edition of this bestselling textbook continues to help students and professionals understand the importance of getting children learning outside the traditional classroom, and is packed full of creative information and ideas for teachers and practitioners to incorporate outdoor activities throughout the school curriculum.

The significantly revised and updated second edition now includes 7 brand new chapters on:

·         Methods of Assessment and Evaluation

·         Global perspectives on Outdoor Learning

·         Developing whole school approaches to indoor and outdoor teaching

·         Technology and its role outside the classroom

·         Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and learning outdoors

·         Forest School

·         The environmental sector and outdoor learning

Author, Sue Waite who is Associate Professor (Reader) in Outdoor Learning in Plymouth Institute of Education at Plymouth University, commented:

“It is amazing to see how much has changed in Learning Outside the Classroom since the last edition of this book in 2011. The Natural Connections and Learning Away projects, amongst others here and abroad, have been springboards for good practice. The use of school-based outdoor learning for multiple benefits has taken off both in the UK and internationally. But there is more still to be done and I am so pleased that this new edition brings together experience and theory to support burgeoning growth in outdoor and experiential learning.”

The preface to the book is written by Elaine Skates, Chief Executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom and the lead organisation on the Learning Away Consortium.

You can buy a copy of the new edition, published by Sage publishing here.