Go outdoors and use the Golf area in a pedagogical way – creativity, learning and health in the unlimited classroom


This project is part of the STERF programme ‘Multifunctional use of golf facilities and ecosystem services’ focusing the golf course as a pedagogic tool. Golf courses could improve teaching by offering a variety of green surfaces for teaching outdoors. One pilot school with 15 teachers has been part of the outdoor education intervention and training at the golf area in Motala, Sweden. The outdoor course has developed learning tools and implemented knowledge and skills connected to the Swedish curriculum in subjects like geography, languages, mathematics, technology, ecology and biology in the golf area. The activity and reflection have been documented by teachers in a school blog. The primary school in Motala is using teaching material from the outdoor course. As a teacher and researcher, AS has made a first study on teachers’ experience in the area of outdoor education with open questions. The teachers say that they can see the advantage of the outdoor learning situation to support indoor learning in the classroom. However, it takes time for some teachers and the pupils to understand that the outdoor environment is an outdoor learning environment. The phenomenographical study with interviews was followed up by research questions after the outdoor education intervention course finished in June 2018.

The pedagogic model and rucksack that we have developed, with items like magnifiers, some security equipment and hand-out material for outdoor learning in water, forest and other places close to the golf area, is available today as a project outcome. The golf club contributed knowledge about the golf area on occasions when school classes visited with their teachers in autumn 2019, covering many subjects in the Swedish curriculum (Lgr11).

There is also a video production released by STERF in both a Swedish and UK version. The learning activities are recorded together with teachers when we meet for reflection about the outdoor didactic questions: Where, when, what, how and why. The teaching material is also linked to two key books on the subject that we have written: ‘Utomhuspedagogik som kunskapskälla – närmiljö blir lärmiljö’, Studentlitteratur, Lund
(2007 anthology) and ‘Friluftlivets Pedagogik – En miljö och utomhus pedagogik för kunskap, känsla och livskvalitet’, Liber Läromdel (4:e upplagan).

Skolans utomhusundervisning med golfbanan som klassrum
Tillgång på urbana grönområden och tätortsnära natur krymper ständigt som en konsekvens av exploatering och förtätning av våra städer. Bristen på tillräckligt stora lämpliga ”gröna” ytor nämns ofta i diskussionen kring utomhusundervisning.  I det här projektet studerar vi om och hur golfbanan kan användas som klassrum för undervisning inom alla skolans ämnen i årskurs 1-6. Under hösten 2017 får lärarna vid tre tillfällen bekanta sig med sitt nya ”klassrum”, Motala GK, och i vår är det dags för elevernas att komma ut i naturen på golfbanan. Genom att skapa en ökad tillgänglighet och delaktighet med skolor i lokalsamhället kan golfanläggningar erbjuda fler barn och unga tillgång till en värdefull när-natur och på så sätt förstärka golfens roll i samhället. Barnen och deras föräldrar är också potentiella nya golfare.

Anders Szczepanski

Anders Szczepanski, ass prof outdoor education Dr. (Fil lic) Spetsa AB, owned by Linköping university. Tel. +46 (0)709 756803,e-mail: anders.szczepanski@spetsa.se

For more information about Spetsa AB: Helene Nord, Vd/CEO. Tel. +46 (0)13-288925, helene.nord@spetsa.se

Category: Multifunctional golf facilities
Status: Finished
Project period: 2017-2019

Fundings (kSEK)

  2017 2018 2019 Total
STERF 83 115 20 218
Other 0 0 0 0
Total 83 115 20 218

Project objectives

•    Investigate the most suitable methods for outdoor learning on golf courses during all four seasons
•    Identify themes and subjects based on the curriculum for primary schools (LGR 11) that are suitable for outdoor learning on golf courses
•    Develop a pilot model and practical guidelines for outdoor teaching on golf courses in compulsory school years 1-6
•    Connect the outdoor learning activities to the norms and value in the Swedish (LGR 11) guidelines and curriculum and to the Swedish right and public access to nature  
•    Evaluate the ways of learning and experiences by teachers and pupils through interviews and open questions in a phenomenographical study over time 2017-2018

Film about the project (English)

 Film om projektet (Swedish)

Films in Swedish about the implementation after the project:

Fortbildning av lärare på Björkhagen. Video, SGF KlubbTV.

Lära ute – Golfens nya nytta. Video, SGF KlubbTV.
Att lära ute är inne i Jönköping, Video, SGF KlubbTV.

Utomhusundervisning på Haninge. Video, SGF KlubbTV.

Utomhusundervisning på Björkhagen. Video, SGF KlubbTV.