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There has been a growing academic interest in the role of outdoor spaces for play in a child's development. The SAGE Handbook of Outdoor Play and Learning represents a coordinated and comprehensive volume of international research on this subject edited by members of the well-established European Early Childhood Education Research Association Outdoor Play and Learning SIG (OPAL). Chapters written by authors from Europe, North and South America, Australasia, and Asia Pacific countries are organised into six sections: Theoretical Frameworks and Conceptual Approaches for Understanding Outdoor Play & Learning Critical Reflections on Policy and Regulation in Outdoor Play & Learning Children's Engagement with Nature, Sustainability and Children's Geographies Diverse Contexts and Inclusion in Children's Outdoor Play Environments Methodologies for Researching Outdoor Play and Learning Links Between Research and Practice

The Importance of Randomized Controlled Trials as an Evidence Base
The Importance of Randomized Controlled Trials as an Evidence Base
Shirley Wyver Lina Engelen Geraldine Naughton Anita Bundy
INTRODUCTION

We examine the important role for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in outdoor play research. Currently, there are very few outdoor play RCTs, leaving gaps in both the knowledge base and evidence sought by some researchers, practitioners and funding organizations. Consideration is given to the strengths and limitations of RCTs for investigating outdoor play. In the first part of the chapter, we consider the current state of knowledge about outdoor play and increased need ...

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