Improved Wellbeing for Both Caretakers and Users from A Zoo-Related Nature Based Intervention-A Study at Nordens Ark Zoo, Sweden
Contributor(s):: Sahlin, E., Johansson, B., Karlsson, P. O., Loberg, J., Niklasson, M., Grahn, P.
Nature-based interventions have been proposed to promote physical and mental health and give stress reduction. Little attention has been given to the potential of zoos for human health and wellbeing. A disadvantaged group in Sweden regarding access to nature are individuals with disabilities who...
The Development of Prosocial Behavior in Adolescents: A Mixed Methods Study from NOLS
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Contributor(s):: Nate Furman, Jim Sibthorp
Promoting resiliency in adolescent girls through adventure programming
Contributor(s):: Anja Whittington, Jeffery E. Aspelmeier, Nadine W. Budbill
This study examined whether participation in an adventure program increased the resiliency of adolescent girls. Eighty-seven girls who participated in Dirt Divas, a non-profit, adventure program, completed the Resiliency Scale for Children and Adolescents® before and after their...
Making gains: the impact of outdoor residential experiences on students' examination grades and self-efficacy
Contributor(s):: Carol Fuller, Daisy Powell, Simon Fox
In this paper we explore the role of outdoor residential experiences on the sense of efficacy and examination attainment of a group of under achieving students from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. The article reports on a three year project which focuses on two groups of Year 9 (age 14) to...
Learning biology and mathematics outdoors: effects and attitudes in a Swedish high school context
Contributor(s):: Emilia Fagerstam, Jonas Blom
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...
Learning arithmetic outdoors in junior high school – influence on performance and self-regulating skills
Contributor(s):: Emilia Fägerstam, Joakim Samuelsson
This study aims to explore the influence of outdoor teaching among students, aged 13, on arithmetic performance and self-regulation skills as previous research concerning outdoor mathematics learning is limited. This study had a quasi-experimental design. An outdoor and a traditional group...
High school teachers' experience of the educational potential of outdoor teaching and learning
Contributor(s):: Emilia Fägerstam
This is a longitudinal case study where teachers from different disciplines were interviewed before and after an outdoor teaching project in a Swedish junior high school. The school grounds were used regularly as an area for teaching and learning in different subjects. The purpose of this study...
Girls' Challenge Seeking: How Outdoor Exposure Can Support Girls in Taking Positive Risks
Contributor(s):: Kallen Tsikalas, Karyn L. Martin
Exploring the Influence of the ROC Integrated High School Program
Contributor(s):: Scott Caspell
Adolescent Coping Styles and Outdoor Education: Searching for the Mechanisms of Change
Contributor(s):: James T. Neill, Bernd Heubeck