‘All of the Wild’: Cultural Formation in Wales Through Outdoor Play at Forest School

Rekers, Angela and Waters-Davies, Jane (2021) ‘All of the Wild’: Cultural Formation in Wales Through Outdoor Play at Forest School. In: Outdoor Learning and Play Pedagogical Practices and Children's Cultural Formation. Part of the International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development book series (CHILD, volume 34) (34). Springer, pp. 145-160. ISBN 978-3-030-72597-6

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This chapter takes the specifc context of outdoor play in the Foundation Phase in Wales to explore how children’s activity and participation is mediated through the socio-material affordances of muddy puddles at forest school. The research was underpinned by the cultural-historical tradition of making visible the sociocultural practices and individual participation which shape the child’s experience within an educational setting. The discussion in this chapter is centred upon the following questions: During forest school sessions for pupils aged 4- and 5-years old, what conficts may be surfaced as classroom teaching staff aim to meet Welsh Government expectations for both outdoor play and self-regulatory skills development? How do these conficts shape the child’s experience of participating in outdoor play? The analysis draws upon data gathered during 8 months of feldwork; audio-visually-recorded observations and video-stimulated interviews with classroom teachers and forest school leaders are used to consider an episode of confict during play in a muddy puddle. We explore, from child and adult perspectives, the institutional values of the Foundation Phase, demands for reception year practice and subsequent expectations about children’s participation, highlighting the mediating messages being given about ‘how to be’ and what competencies are valued in the activity setting of mud play.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Education and Humanities > Academic Discipline: Childhood, Youth and Education
Depositing User: Jane Waters
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2021 10:04
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2023 13:36
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/1826

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