PLaTO-Net (Play, Learn and Teach Outdoors Network):
a global network of thought-leaders interested in advancing research and practice related to outdoor play, risky play, outdoor learning and teaching through play.

 

Become a member of PLaTO-Net

Outdoor Play Canada aims to establish a global network of thought-leaders interested in advancing research and practice related to outdoor play, risky play, outdoor learning and teaching through play. PLaTO-Net’s vision is a world where all people, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, income, or medical conditions, are afforded the opportunity to play and learn in natural environments and have access to quality outdoor experiences. PLaTO-Net’s mission is to bring interested leaders, researchers, educators, stakeholders, and policy makers together in promoting and advancing outdoor play, learning, and teaching. We are currently recruiting people to become members of PLaTO-Net. PLaTO-Net members will work on various projects to share evidence and resources, harmonize terminology, and collaborate on research and advocacy efforts. Dr. Mark Tremblay and Dr. Eun-Young Lee (Queen’s University) are heading up this project.

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PLaTO-NET Terminology, Taxonomy, Ontology Global Harmonization Project

 

Research related to play, teaching and learning in the outdoors continues to grow rapidly. Currently, there are contradictions/competition on key terms, which causes confusion and impedes the advancement of this field. There is a need to harmonize the terminology, taxonomy, and ontology related to playing, teaching and learning in the outdoors. This project, through the direction of the steering committee, aims to achieve global consensus on these terms and concepts and develop an inclusive model encompassing outdoor play, learning and teaching to facilitate future research in the field.

 

 

 

PLaTo-Net Steering Committee

 

Name Country Affiliation
Members
Mark Tremblay Canada Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Eun-Young Lee Canada Queen’s University
Mariana Brussoni Canada University of British Columbia
Greg Mannion Scotland University of Stirling
Shawn Marsolais Canada Blind Beginnings
Mark Leather England Plymouth Marjon University
Libby Lee-Hammond Australia Murdoch University
Bjørg Oddrun Hallås Norway Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
Sue Waite England University of Plymouth
Sarah Moore Canada Douglas College
Tove Anita Fiskum Norway Nord University
Po-Yu (Eric) Wang Taiwan National Taiwan University of Physical Education and Sport
Maria Isabel Amando de Barros Brazil Alana Foundation
Cathy Jordan USA University of Minnesota
Ellen Beate Hansen Sandseter Norway Queen Maud University College
Claire Warden Scotland Mindstretchers Academy
Nancy Spencer-Cavaliere Canada University of Alberta
Louise Zimanyi Canada The Conversation
Susanna Ho Singapore Ministry of Education, Singapore
Claire Bartels South Africa University of Cape Town
Peter Bentsen Denmark Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital
Support
Michelle Guerrero Canada Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

PLaTO-Net’s vision is a world where all people, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, income, or medical conditions, are afforded the opportunity to play and learn in natural environments and have access to quality outdoor experiences.