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Learning biology and mathematics outdoors: effects and attitudes in a Swedish high school context

By Emilia Fagerstam, Jonas Blom

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This research suggests that learning biology in an outdoor environment has a positive cognitive and affective impact on 13–15-year-old, Swedish high school pupils. Eighty-five pupils in four classes participated in a quasi-experimental design. Half the pupils, taking a biology course in ecology or diversity of life, had several lessons outdoors and the other half were taught indoors. All of the classes, but one, also had mathematics lessons outdoors once a week. Twenty-one pupils were interviewed five months after the course and all were positive towards the new learning environment they had experienced outdoors in biology and/or mathematics. They also valued the higher degree of interaction among the pupils. Other findings from the interviews were that the pupils from the outdoor classes showed a higher degree of long-term knowledge retention. They remembered both activities and contents better than the pupils in the indoor classes. An essay-type question assessing their biological understanding qualitatively according to the Structure of Observed Learning Outcome taxonomy revealed no differences between the groups. The results are discussed in the light of neurocognitive models of long-term memory.

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Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2013
Publication Title Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning
Volume 13
Issue 1
Pages 56-75
ISBN/ISSN 1472-9679
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/14729679.2011.647432
URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14729679.2011.647432
Language English
Additional Language English
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  • Emilia Fagerstam; Jonas Blom (2018), "Learning biology and mathematics outdoors: effects and attitudes in a Swedish high school context," http://habricentral.org/resources/62788.

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  1. Animal roles
  2. Biology
  3. High schools
  4. Outdoor Education
  5. Schools