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The SAGE Handbook of Outdoor Play and Learning by Tim Waller

The SAGE Handbook of Outdoor Play and Learning


The SAGE Handbook of Outdoor Play and Learning by Tim Waller

There has been a growing academic interest in the role of outdoor spaces for play in a child's development. This text represents a coordinated and comprehensive volume of international research on this subject edited by members of the well-established European Early Childhood Education Research Association Outdoor Play and Learning SIG (OPAL). Chapters written by authors from Europe, North and South America, Australasia and Asia Pacific countries are organised into six sections: Theoretical Frameworks and Conceptual Approaches for Understanding Outdoor Play & LearningCritical Reflections on Policy and Regulation in Outdoor Play & LearningChildren's Engagement with Nature, Sustainability and Children's GeographiesDiverse Contexts and Inclusion in Children's Outdoor Play EnvironmentsMethodologies for Researching Outdoor Play and LearningLinks Between Research and Practice


With a 10 year background in research and dialogue each chapter offers great depth to those studying the benefits of outdoor play and the problems caused by a world that has largely forgotten children. This is a comprehensive book that, at over 700 pages, has much to offer those studying or researching this area of early education -- Neil Henty The SAGE Handbook of Outdoor Play and Learning is an impressive collection of interdisciplinary, multicultural and global knowledge about children's outdoor play, written by internationally acclaimed scholars. Contrary to the publishers
modest opinion (p

. 16), I think this handbook is very comprehensive! The book provides a vast amount of in depth knowledge covering a wide range of relevant issues, including critical perspectives. I hope the book will find a large circulation; it is exceedingly relevant for students, teachers and educators, teacher educators, researchers as well as authorities and politicians who are concerned about children's upbringing, play and leaning. -- Thomas Moser This SAGE Handbook of Outdoor Play and Learning is a much longed for resource. Evolving the field of environmental education, this collection of research combines the outdoors and issues related to a sustainable lifestyle with play and learning. Everything is so much easier outdoors, the drive, flow and grit permeate play and explorations, in short the time outdoors is well spent and fun. Bring out your rubber boots, a snack and this book and enjoy! -- Ingrid Engdahl This international handbook will provide a fantastic resource for all those interested in how outdoor play and learning can act to benefit our children and our environment. The wealth of different perspectives brought together by these experienced and highly respected editors in the field offers an eclectic and coherent insight into both research and theory about outdoor play and learning. -- Sue Waite This is a really valuable international collaboration. Presenting wide-ranging evidence for the importance of playing and learning outdoors, it also demonstrates how much research into children's outdoor play is maturing. Crossing research, policy and practice, the collection shows the depth and breadth of current research areas and methods in this field, and how research paradigms and approaches are themselves being pushed by these studies. Drawing from cultures and approaches across countries and regions alongside useful critical reviews, the handbook also offers contexts to frame further enquiry - and there are a great many questions waiting to be explored! -- Jan White Waller et al have given us a remarkable book that presents the impact of globalization on outdoor play around the world, skillfully bringing together local research, pedagogy and policy in the context of global playgrounds or outdoor play spaces. Diverse worldviews on outdoor play are examined along cultural values such as spirituality, gender roles, age veneration, sustainability, and children's rights which, together with a section on research methodology for studying young children's outdoor play, make it especially relevant to the field. This book is a must read for all early childhood educators around the world! -- Amita Gupta

About the Author

Tim Waller is Editor of this book, and Professor of Child and Family Studies at Anglia Ruskin University. The majority of the contributors are based at the University of Northampton, and this is very much a team book.

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Publication date

24th July 2017


Tim Waller

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SAGE Publications Ltd


706 pages


Pre-school & kindergarten
Study & learning skills: general



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