Child-initiated learning, the outdoor environment and the ‘underachieving’ child

  title={Child-initiated learning, the outdoor environment and the ‘underachieving’ child},
  author={Trisha Maynard and Jane Waters and Jennifer Clement},
  journal={Early Years},
  pages={212 - 225}
The Foundation Phase for Wales advocates an experiential, play-based approach to learning for children aged three to seven years that includes child-initiated activity within the outdoor environment. In previous research, Foundation Phase practitioners maintained that children perceived to be ‘underachieving’ within the classroom came into their own when engaged in child-initiated learning outdoors. This study, which involved eight Foundation Phase teachers, aimed to explore these perceived… 
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