Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance

The US Department of Education has published research on preparing children and adolescents to thrive in the 21st century, focusing on the potential of "noncognitive" factors that may not be considered in conventional educational approaches.

In this brief, we take a close look at a core set of noncognitive factors—grit, tenacity, and perseverance. These factors are essential to an individual’s capacity to strive for and succeed at long-term and higher-order goals, and to persist in the face of the array of challenges and obstacles encountered throughout schooling and life.

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The “healthy dose” of nature: A cautionary tale

15 Jan 2019

An interesting research article that looks at the possible negative outcomes of the increasingly popular trend amongst health professionals to 'prescribe nature'. This article suggests the need for caution in uncritically or universally prescribing "healthy doses of nature"…

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2018 AHKA Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People

28 Nov 2018

This year marks the release of the third Full AHKA Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People, which assesses 12 physical activity indicators (physical activity behaviours, traits, and the settings and sources of influence, and strategies and investments, which have the potential…

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This Place I Call Home

26 Nov 2018

In 2018, the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) provided an opportunity for Queensland’s children and young people to speak up and have a say about their everyday lives, priorities, concerns and visions for their communities and futures. The Growing up in Queensland project engaged…

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National Quality Framework - 'Bush Kindy'

9 May 2018

The development of a quality educational program for children should include outdoor activities such as exploring natural environments, which are beneficial to children and contribute to improving children’s learning, health and wellbeing. To meet these needs, some education and care services…

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School Gardens

8 May 2018

Two research studies about gardens in schools and garden based learning: 1. School gardens in the city. Does environmental equity help close the achievement gap? Summary   School gardens could serve as gateways to reducing the academic achievement gap The aim of this study w…

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Prescribing Outdoor Play

8 May 2018

Two studies about how prescribing more time outdoors or in a park can help in healing process for children. 1. Outdoors Rx Summary   Pediatricians and families respond positively to a prescription program promoting increased outdoor physical activity for children Outdoors Rx is a…

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Environmental factors explain socioeconomic prevalence differences in myopia in 6-year old children

8 May 2018

Summary   Lifestyle factors, including time outdoors, explain prevalence differences in children with myopia This study involved a multiethnic cohort of 5711 six-year-old children living in a densely populated area of the Netherlands. The aim of the study was to examine whether differe…

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Nature as children's space: A systematic review

8 May 2018

ABSTRACT The emerging interest in “spaces of childhood” over the past two decades can be identified across numerous disciplines. A substantial body of research has indicated that children's active engagement within the natural environment is associated with a range of cognitive, p…

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Getting the dirt on immunity: Scientists show evidence for hygiene hypothesis

6 Feb 2018

Previous human studies have suggested that early life exposure to microbes (i.e., germs) is an important determinant of adulthood sensitivity to allergic and autoimmune diseases such as hay fever, asthma and inflammatory bowel disease. This concept of exposing people to germs at an early age (i.e…

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Thinking outside the four walls of the classroom: A Canadian Nature Kindergarten

5 Feb 2018

Developing and implementing a Nature Kindergarten provided new opportunities for students and teachers to deepen their connections with place. ABSTRACT This article describes the planning and implementing of a Nature Kindergarten in the Sooke Public School District in British Columbia, Canada.…

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