No muddy shoes, no dirty clothes! examining the views of teachers and parents regarding children’s outdoor play and learning


Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, vol.23, no.3, pp.301-322, 2023 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/14729679.2021.2011339
  • Journal Name: Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, Educational research abstracts (ERA), ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), Psycinfo, SportDiscus
  • Page Numbers: pp.301-322
  • Keywords: early childhood, Outdoor learning, parents, qualitative, teachers
  • TED University Affiliated: Yes


The aim of this study was twofold: (a) to carry out an in-depth investigation of teachers and parental views regarding outdoor play and learning, and (b) to examine the extent to which the objectives and goals related to outdoor play and learning were documented within the school curriculum. The data were collected qualitatively from 12 teachers and 35 parents whose children were enrolled in one school. Data collection occurred through observations, semi-structured interviews, and document analysis. It was shownthat parental concerns relative to the weather, children’s hygiene, and safety of play, influenced the outdoor practices of teachers as well as the children’s access to the outdoors. Teachers’ monthly plans also differed based on seasonal weather changes and differences in age groups. The findings shed light on the need for mutual communication and collaboration between teachers and parents regarding the benefits outdoor play and learning provided to children.