There have been a number of research projects into the effectiveness of Forest Schools, both in the UK and abroad, over the last ten years.
Below are listed a few that are publicly available on the internet.
Blackwell, Sarah (2015) – Impacts of Long Term Forest School Programmes on Children’s Resilience, Confidence and Wellbeing
Mckinnell, Victoria (2015) – How does the Forest School approach support the development of a creative disposition?, School of Education and Professional Development at the University of Huddersfield
Blackwell, Sarah (2015) – Forest Schools Evaluation Report for Secondary Programme,
Southall, Laura (2014) – Using realistic evaluation to evaluate ‘Forest School’ with young people aged 14-16 with special educational needs. DAppEdPsy thesis, University of Nottingham.
O’Brien, Liz (2011) – Are we creating problems for the future?
Children, young people and the concept of ‘nature deficit disorder’ , Trees and Forests in British Society Conference
Lovell, Rebecca (2009) – An evaluation of physical activity at Forest
School, Doctor of Philosophy Thesis
O’Brien, Liz and Murray, Richard (2007) – Forest School and its impacts on young children: Case studies in Britain
Maynard, Trisha (2007) – Forest Schools in Great Britain:
an initial exploration, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood
O’Brien, Liz and Murray, Richard (2006) – A marvellous opportunity
for children to learn, Social and Economic Research Group
Massey, Sam (2005) – The benefits of a forest school experience for children in their early years, National Foundation for Education Research
Dillon, Justin et al. (2005) – Engaging and Learning with the Outdoors – The Final Report of the Outdoor Classroom in a Rural Context Action Research Project, National Foundation for Education Research
If you know of others, please use the contact us page to let us know.
If you have research that you wish to freely publish, please get in touch and we can put it online for you.