Does a nurturing approach that uses an outdoor play environment build resilience in children from a challenging background?

K. McArdle, T. Harrison, D. Harrison

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    Children from challenging backgrounds were brought to a woodland for a programme that sought to promote resilience at Camphill School. This qualitative study of one programme uses an ethnographic approach to research the effectiveness of this type of intervention. Case studies of three of the children are used to illustrate the ways in which resilience has been stimulated using the PERIK observation scale. The nurturing and outdoor dimensions of the project are considered instrumental in promoting resilience in early years children from a challenging background.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)238-254
    Number of pages17
    JournalJournal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning
    Issue number3
    Early online date12 Apr 2013
    Publication statusPublished - 2013



    • resilience
    • outdoor learning
    • play
    • early years

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