Place-based learning: making use of nature in young children’s learning in rural areas in Norway and Scotland

Bronwen Cohen


Two case studies in outdoor learning from Norway and Scotland illustrate ways in which communities can help in developing and shaping their ECEC services and schools. Presented in their geographical and historical context, including a descriptive analysis of their preschool and education systems, it is argued that their creative use of rural environments in the learning of young children illustrate the power of partnership with communities. However, creative ‘democratic experimentalism’ of this kind requires flexibility within the curriculum and a supportive educational culture.

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