‘Let's go outside’: Icelandic teachers' views of using the outdoors

Kristín Norðdahl*, Ingólfur Ásgeir Jóhannesson

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This article discusses the views of 25 Icelandic preschool and compulsory school teachers who were interviewed on the role of the outdoor environment in children's learning. The teachers reported not being afraid to take children outside. These teachers valued the learning potentials of the outdoors more than they feared the possible risks. They believed that the outdoors could provide opportunities for (a) enhancing children's play and learning (b) promoting children's health, well-being, and courage, and (c) affecting children's views, knowledge, and actions towards sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-406
Number of pages16
JournalEducation 3-13
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2016

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Other keywords

  • health and courage
  • outdoor environment
  • play and learning
  • sustainability education
  • teachers' views
  • well-being


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