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Outdoor Education in Mathematics: Can it be implemented?
University of Gävle, Department of Mathematics, Natural and Computer Sciences.
2008 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study examines outdoor education in mathematics at an international school under the IB PYP curriculum. Students spend most of their time indoors with the exception of lunch recess. Outdoor education provides a new and different way for both teachers and students to get fresh air. Research indicates that children who spend more time outdoors suffer less from allergies and other health problems. In the study, teachers and parents were given questionnaires, and three mathematics lessons were conducted outdoors.  Students were later interviewed in groups. Most parents and teachers were positive to the idea of academic outdoor lessons in any subject. Teachers saw some difficulties implementing it because of time, weather and behavioural problems with students outside. Furthermore, they agreed that children should spend more time outside and that the children’s health might benefit. Most of the students enjoyed the outdoor mathematics lessons. They were positive towards outdoor education in any subject.

Abstract [sv]

Detta arbetet undersöker möjligheten för utomhuspedagogik på en internationell skola med IB PYP som läroplan. Eleverna tillbringar största delen av dagen inomhus förrutom lunchrasten. Utomhuspedagogik erbjuder en ny, annorlunda möjlighet både för lärare och elever att få frisk luft. Forskning visar att barn som tillbringar mer tid utomhus får färre allergier och andra hälsoproblem. I denna undersökning har lärare och föräldrar fått svara på enkäter och tre utomhuslektioner har genomförts. Eleverna blev efter det intervjuade i olika grupper. De flesta föräldrar och lärare var positiva till idèn att genomföra akademiska utomhuslektioner i vilket skolämne som helst. Lärare såg fler svårigheter att implementera det på grund av tidsbrist, väder och problem med elevernas uppförande utomhus. Vidare tyckte samtliga att eleverna borde spendera mer tid utomhus och att elevernas hälsa därmed kan bli bättre. De flesta eleverna tyckte om utomhusmatematik och var positiva till utomhuslektioner i alla skolämnen.

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2008. , p. 22
Keywords
Outdoor, education, IB PYP
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Mathematics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-3641OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-3641DiVA, id: diva2:158092
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Available from: 2009-01-30 Created: 2009-01-29 Last updated: 2009-01-30Bibliographically approved

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