Learning Landscapes Increase Physical and Mental Well Being of Students




1 Learning Units (LU)

How applies to HSW:

The course will review research and design examples that demonstrate how student’s wellbeing increases in well-designed outdoor spaces.

Learning Objectives:
  • Acquire an understanding of recent data and research on the physical, social, and mental health benefits of well-designed outdoor spaces for students and be able to use this data to support their projects.
  • Understand three common playground safety issues and identify these when reviewing nature play or custom playground projects.
  • Review before and after data on bullying and playground incidents in an elementary school playscape redesign project and understand the main design features that brought about the improved social interactions in lunch recess.
  • Construct an argument to support funding and development of school gardens for increased learning outcomes and improved student health.