Udeskole in Denmark: A Narrative of Mutual Support and Sharing

  • Karen Barfod
  • Lærke Mygind
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)


This chapter presents a short narrative of the growth of outdoor teaching in Denmark and the networks of people that have been, and currently are, involved in the process. Getting children outside the classroom during school time, weekly or biweekly, and teaching them curricular subjects and working on formational goals are today a part of the everyday life of about one-fifth of all Danish schools. The school-based outdoor practice called udeskole has developed from being a grass-roots movement to a government-supported practice within about 15 years. Central to this is the advent of a strong network based on the will to cooperate and to share knowledge, experience, and encouragement—free of charge.


Cooperation Grass-roots movement Networks Udeskole 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen Barfod
    • 1
  • Lærke Mygind
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Teacher EducationVIA University CollegeNørre NissumDenmark
  2. 2.Steno Health Promotion Research, Steno Diabetes CenterGentofteDenmark

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