OUT AND ABOUT – Developing functional knowledge through outdoor learning

Traditional systems of teaching and learning are not providing students with the skills they need for the modern world, since traditional classroom forms of learning are badly equipped to instill the skills needed for developing creative solutions to complex problems. Outdoor learning is an integrated educational approach and researches indicate that this learning model enhances student achievement, inquiry and problem-solving skills, creative thinking, raises students’ interest in science and its application, and provides multiple access points for students to engage in the creative process and meet objectives in all subject areas. Furthermore, our educational system prepares national tests for the majority of students i.e. the students taught according to IEP logically have tests prepared by respective teachers. Those students more than others need functional knowledge to enable their safe, successful and efficient transition to further levels of education.