Singing in the forest: Outdoor education as early childhood curriculum

Kumara Ward (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Outdoor pedagogy comes in many forms and with varying underlying purposes. This chapter demonstrates the author's journey as a primary school educator whose programme was underpinned by belief in the value of outdoor learning. It begins by highlighting her teaching practice with young children at schools in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales (NSW) using a "postmodern emergence" approach to curriculum. Using art-based pedagogies alongside outdoor experiential education, this programme scaffolded children's developing sense of place/belonging and econnection to the natural world, assisting them to understand the properties, ecosystems, and habitats of the environment. It positions this practice as a legitimate form of outdoor education by invoking a radical feminist definition that includes intra-action with the natural world through relationships with self, the natural environment, and others.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave International Handbook of Women and Outdoor Learning
EditorsTonia Gray, Denise Mitten
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783319535500
ISBN (Print)9783319535494
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Gender and Education
PublisherPalgrave MacMillian
ISSN (Print)2524-6445
ISSN (Electronic)2524-6453


  • Arts
  • econnection
  • Intra-action
  • Nature education
  • Outdoor learning


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