Making sense of the sensory outdoors

Prince, Heather ORCID logo ORCID: (2018) Making sense of the sensory outdoors. In: Leather, Mark, (ed.) Book of extended abstracts: 16th European EOE conference: Outdoor atmospheres and narratives - connecting young people to the world. Plymouth Marjon University, Plymouth, UK, pp. 91-96.

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Many practitioners introduce young people to sensory activities outdoors to encourage them to make a connection with the environment. This is an inclusive approach to engaging a group of children, which is low cost, utilises little equipment, does not require technical expertise and can take place in a local environment. However, in respect of pedagogy and learning, there are questions about its justification and meaning, and whether or not young people can derive a wider understanding of sensory deprivation and disability. Furthermore, through experiencing nature, do young people actively seek a relationship or connection with it? Educationalists following Montessori approaches promote sensory integration in young children by providing sensorial materials, usually in a ‘prepared’ indoor environment. More recently through such pedagogies, the potential of the outdoors for enabling sensory exploration has been recognised: ‘…the connection between child and nature is of critical importance’ (Noddings, 2017, p.45) and should be more inclusive. i.e. not only for children with sensory challenges.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Plymouth Marjon University
ISBN: 9780995599642
Departments: Academic Departments > Science, Natural Resources & Outdoor Studies (SNROS) > Outdoor Studies
Additional Information: Book of extended abstracts for the European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning Conference EOE2017, held at Plymouth Marjon University, UK, 28 June - 2 July 2017. See also the presentation here:
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2018 15:06
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 19:01


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