Forest School continues to grow and develop, both in the UK and internationally. Literature and research in the field tend to document this growth, while this book takes a novel approach to the Forest school conversation, taking a critical look at the various tensions and difficulties that surround Forest School practice. The editors, together with chapter authors drawn from the fields of academia and practice, form an experienced voice, encouraging the reader to reflect upon, question and explore complex areas of Forest School practice.

Rethinking Praise and Competition at Forest School

Rethinking Praise and Competition at Forest School

Rethinking Praise and Competition at Forest School
Mark Sackville-Ford

Chapter Aims

In this chapter I aim to:

  • Have a critical discussion about praise in relation to motivation
  • Explore key theories around praise
  • Consider how competition might fit with the Forest School ethos
  • Discuss the importance of flow states at Forest School


praise, motivation, flow states, locus of control, intrinsic, extrinsic, mindset, competition


In this section I would like to start by acknowledging the complex nature of praise and the way that it is used within education. Praise is widely used in schools and is usually viewed as a good thing, as it often produces positive short-term outcomes. Indeed, many of us have been conditioned to value praise due to our own education ...

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