Teaching in Nature


Teaching in Nature - Final Report Available from Scottish Natural Heritage at:

SNH Commissioned Report 779: Teaching, learning and play in the outdoors: a survey of school and pre-school provision in Scotland

Pages: 50 Published: 2015
Commissioned/Research report

Further Case Studies:


Follow-on Project: Learning in Local Greenspace

Learning in Local Greenspace is a priority project in the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy Route Map. The aim is to get pupils learning in the outdoors regularly and often by 2020. It will involve over 100 schools serving some of the most disadvantaged areas in Scotland across 10 local authorities.


Impact Report – Independent evaluation:

Impact Report

Links to Related Research:

See:www.researchgate.net/profile/Greg_Mannion Or: stir.academia.edu/GregMannion Or: www.stir.ac.uk/people/11039

Related Report

Mannion G, Mattu, L. & Wilson, M. (2015) Teaching, learning, and play in the outdoors: a survey of school and pre-school provision in Scotland. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report, 779. Scottish Natural Heritage. www.snh.org.uk/pdfs/publications/commissioned_reports/779.pdf

Outputs: Peer-reviewed Papers

Lynch, J., & Mannion, G. (2016). Enacting a place-responsive research methodology: walking interviews with educators. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 16(4), 330- 345. Alt Link: www.stir.ac.uk/research/hub/publication/21474

Mannion, G., Fenwick, A., Lynch, J. (2013) Place–responsive pedagogy: learning from teachers' experiences of excursions in nature. Environmental Education Research, Vol. 19, No. 6, pp 792-809. Link: www.stir.ac.uk/research/hub/publication/8262

Ross, H. & Mannion, G. (2012) Curriculum making as the enactment of dwelling in places. Studies in Philosophy and Education, Vol. 31, No. 3, pp 303-313. Alt Link: www.stir.ac.uk/research/hub/publication/5138

Mannion, G. & Lynch, J. (2016) The primacy of place in education in outdoor settings. In Barbara Humberstone, Heather Prince, Karla A. Henderson (Eds) International Handbook of Outdoor Studies, pp 85-94. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-78288. Alt Link: www.stir.ac.uk/research/hub/publication/20379

Mannion, G. (2017) Intergenerational Education: We Are In A New Place. In S. Punch and R. Vanderbeck (eds) Family, Intergenerationality and Peer-Group Relations. London: Springer.

Mannion, G & Gilbert, J. (2015) Place-responsive Intergenerational Education. In R. Vanderbeck and N. Worth (Eds) Intergenerational Space, pp 228-241. London: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415- 85531 Alt Link: www.stir.ac.uk/research/hub/publication/19619