Youth & Child Related Research
Research on matters that directly involve or affect children and young people
Life Lessons for Future Generations
This report explores the skills and attributes children need in order to help them deal with future challenges. It combines Australian and international peer-reviewed academic research with the results of a snapshot survey of 200 teachers. The survey was designed and commissioned by Planet Ark and conducted online by consultants Kimberlin Education in April 2017
The Outdoor Youth Programs Research Alliance (OYPRA) is an Australian group founded in 2009 with the aim of establishing quality evidence of the extent to which outdoor, camping and nature-based programs are associated with reliable improvements in resilience, learning and wellbeing among young people.
Australian children lack the basic movement skills to be active and healthy.
Just as children need to be taught their ABCs to read and write, they also need to be taught fundamental movement skills.
Determinants of Childhood Adiposity
Energy is required for growth, but the increased incidence of childhood obesity over recent decades indicates the difficulty children have in maintaining an ideal energy balance in the contemporary setting.
Lobbying for greater opportunity for young people to participate in Learning Outside the Classroom needs hard evidence. However, too little convincing evidence is available. On retiring, I had time to gather more evidence and embarked on a three year study of residential adventure education, the area in which I had spent the whole of my career