Embedded outdoor learning and Learning for Sustainability in Scottish teaching practice

The Outdoor Environmental Education unit has created a robust, integrated evidence-base for the pedagogical benefits of outdoor learning and LfS, influencing the Scottish Government to develop a definition of LfS as “a whole-school approach that enables the school and its wider community to build the values, attitudes, knowledge, skills and confidence needed to develop practices and take decisions which are compatible with a sustainable and equitable society.”

The researchers brought conceptual clarity to the under-researched area of outdoor learning and its connections to the related areas of LfS, education for sustainable development and global citizenship education. Their work has had significant impact on Scottish educational policy by including LfS as an entitlement to all Scottish state school pupils through the Curriculum for Excellence, as seen in our related Making a Difference webpage.

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