Towards a theory of autonomous learning

We define as preliminary learning, in general terms, as “change of behavior of a subject faced with a given situation by the fact that this situation has been experienced several times”. The first point on which we must focus the learning approach is that, in human behavior, nothing is an inevitable consequence of a rigid, biologically programmed predetermination. Contemporary biology itself has definitively given up the idea of ​​defining the organism in a deterministic way (that is, as the realization of genetically predetermined potentialities

Extensive study confirms the tremendous benefits of outdoor learning on educational success

The proof is no longer to be made: time spent in kind has a positive impact on the academic performance and educational success of young people, confirms a large American study. Results that confirm the many benefits of pedagogy in an outdoor setting

Multiple benefits

According to the results of this study, the time spent in nature would revive the concentration of students, reduce their stress levels, stimulate their self-discipline, increase their physical activity, and encourage their motivation, pleasure ,and commitment. . Nature would also provide a quieter and safer learning environment. It would foster warmer and more cooperative relationships among students. Finally, it would promote more creative and exploratory forms of play, beneficial for the development of children tactile graphics are used commonly.

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Nature: a stimulating teaching tool and inspiring educational setting

This new research also highlights the importance of contact with nature for personal development: “Not only do in-kind experiences improve academic outcomes, but they also seem to foster personal development – the acquisition of intrapersonal assets and interpersonal skills such as perseverance, critical thinking, leadership and communication skills. Although quantitative research on these results is rare, the qualitative work is voluminous, striking and almost unanimous, “reads the research report.

The whole aspect of autonomy, co-management of risks [to be in kind], I find that it has a very positive impact on the confidence that children have, and the power they have over their lives,”, who also sees very positive impacts on the personal development of his students. “It’s closely related to the development of their identity. How can they get to know each other, if in a classroom they are told what to do, in a controlled, caned, formatted environment? She wonders.

Nature to hang up students in difficulty

External education would also have a very positive impact on  students at risk of dropping out. In the conclusion of the research, one can read a very eloquent note on this subject: “Although our examination is not structured  to systematically evaluate this question