Effective Teaching and Learning of Science in the Outdoors: A Blended Model

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This paper reports on an innovative Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme which addressed transition issues and issues with conducting outdoor work and attitudes towards science through ‘Shared Learning' days between elementary and middle school transition classes. Teachers supported each other to overcome issues with conducting outdoor work and contributed their expertise from their educational stage. The project utilised a blended CPD approach of workshops, coteaching and in-class support and was based upon a wealth earlier successful CPD programmes to result in a sound theoretical framework.
The outcomes were measured using a thorough mixed-methods approach. This paper will report on the achieved outcomes with effective outdoor learning as the vehicle to overcome identified issues and key challenges for policy development.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016
Event2016 AERA Annual Meeting - "Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies" - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: 08 Apr 201612 Apr 2016

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Conference2016 AERA Annual Meeting - "Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies"
CountryUnited States
CityWashington, DC
Period08/04/201612/04/2016

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    Kerr, K. (2016). Effective Teaching and Learning of Science in the Outdoors: A Blended Model. Paper presented at 2016 AERA Annual Meeting - "Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies", Washington, DC, United States. http://www.aera.net/EventsMeetings/AnnualMeeting/2016AnnualMeetingTheme/tabid/15861/Default.aspx