New EOTC research for Aotearoa New Zealand


 7 May 2020

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Education Outdoors New Zealand has great pleasure in announcing the release of the final report of Education Outside the Classroom in Aotearoa New Zealand: a Comprehensive National Study.

The study provides a comprehensive understanding of what Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) is occurring in schools across Aotearoa New Zealand, how schools value EOTC and the challenges they have in providing quality, equitable EOTC.

This is the first significant study on EOTC that has been completed since 2007.

Key findings released in the final report show that EOTC holds significant importance for New Zealand schools.

The study also identifies challenges to the effective provision of EOTC, as well as factors that help EOTC to flourish in schools.

This report has relevance to educators, school leaders, and policy or decision-makers in education. It endorses and supports the important role and value of EOTC in New Zealand schools.

The report can be utilised by teachers and school leaders to help support EOTC programmes in their schools and re-emphasise the important value of such experiences.

School leaders can also use the findings on challenges and enablers to help EOTC to flourish in their schools.

Hosted by Ara Institute of Canterbury and led by Dr Allen Hill, the project was completed by a universities collaboration team that included the University of Otago, University of Canterbury, and the University of Waikato.


Find a downloadable copy of the Final report.