The research questions for the current action research project have being formed around the initial interest on the nature deficit disorder and the parental contribution in the development of a positive relationship with the local outdoors. The methodology and research tools used in the current project are linked to the research questions or hypotheses and translated in a specific manner appropriate to the purposes of the study. According to Berelson (1971) there are five main sections to analyse a communication: the word, the subject, the persons, the measure of time or space and all the available material. The current study attempts to examine:
Which are the barriers that parents/ carers have when it comes to accessing the local outdoors?
Do the pupils’ positive experiences (communicated with parents/carers) have the potential to help individuals overcome these barriers?