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Outdoor Education: Biology

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average amount of time spent by A-level biology students out of the classroom was in each of the last five years; what the nature of students’ activities out of the classroom was; and what assessment he has made of the impact of such activities on students’ learning and understanding. (132988)

The Department does not collect information about the amount of time spent by A-level biology students out of the classroom or the nature of students’ activities out of the classroom. In 2004, the Department co-sponsored a review carried out by the National Foundation for Educational Research, ‘A Review of Research on Outdoor Learning’. The review covered research on outdoor learning published from 1993 to 2003. The report states that

“Substantial evidence exists to indicate that fieldwork, properly conceived, adequately planned, well taught and effectively followed up, offers learners opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills in ways that add value to their everyday experiences in the classroom.”