Optimizing Outdoor Learning Facilities in Elementary School in Indonesia: A Preliminary Study (Case Study: SD Muhammadiyah Sapen Yogyakarta)

Siti Luzviminda Harum Pratiwi Setyawan, Siti Irene Astuti Dwiningrum

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There is an increasing awareness of the importance of outdoor learning in Indonesia which indicated by the increasing provision of various outdoor learning facilities in elementary schools. Previous studies on integrating regular school with various outdoor activities found that firsthand experience of outdoor learning could stimulate positive development in children behaviors which affects their learning process in school positively. For gaining understanding about the current status of outdoor facilities and determining the extent to which outdoor learning has been carried out in elementary schools in Indonesia, a preliminary study was conducted in SD Muhammadiyah Sapen Yogyakarta were conducted. The main purpose of this research is to assess the implementation of outdoor learning as part of school framework in SD Muhammadiyah Sapen Yogyakarta and to determine the optimal way for improving the system. Qualitative and quantitative research was conducted by questionnaire with students, parents, and teachers as subjects of research. As the result, although outdoor learning is highly favored by the students, parents, and teachers, however, the application at selected schools is still hampered by limited space and facilities. The result of this study could be used for further studies, especially on designing school outdoor facilities suited with each schools condition, in terms of the availability of space and facilities.

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school; outdoor learning; outdoor facilities; learning environment; outdoor space.

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