The benefits of Education Outside the Classroom
The reported outcomes of Education Outside the Classroom approaches are many1,2. Some students showed higher scientific and mathematical reasoning abilities, transferable skills such as self-esteem, motivation and concentration and a general improvement of social and physical skills.
These could be grouped and categorized as:
- Cognitive (knowledge and understanding)
- Affective (attitudes and feelings)
- Social/interpersonal (such as empathy and communication skills)
- Physical/behavioural (civic, moral and ethical skills).
With OTTER, we will test different types of Education Outside the Classroom activities and we’ll see which ones lead to better results and create more impact on students.
1. Brody, M., A. Bangert and J. Dillon (2007). Assessing learning in informal science contexts.Commissioned Paper). Washington, DC: National Research Council.
2. Becker, C., Lauterbach, G., Spengler, S., Dettweiler, U., & Mess, F. (2017). Effects of regular classes in outdoor education settings: A systematic review on students’ learning, social and health dimensions. In International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (Vol. 14, Issue 5). MDPI AG. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14050485