The Discovery Adventures podcast series is a thrilling mystery drama, recorded on-location at some of the UK’s most fascinating destinations. The series has real purpose too – an expert review of research indicates that sharing stories on family drives could have significant benefits.
INTRODUCING OUR EXPERT
Dr. Jessica Pitt is an education consultant, an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton Applied Music Research Centre, and a trustee of MERYC (Music Educators and Researcher of Young Children). She has a wide experience of research and evaluation in the field of music psychology, arts-based education and wellbeing.
In 2017, Dr. Pitt wrote a research review entitled Liminal Spaces to Outdoor Places – Sonic Traces. It investigates the car as a unique shared family environment, and potentially an ideal place for storytelling.
It also considers the impact of modern lifestyles on unstructured outdoor play, and the benefits that access to the outdoors may provide.
WHAT DID THE REPORT FIND?
Children and the Natural Environment
The research identifies that some children aren’t spending enough time outdoors, despite its many positive effects. There is a complex range of factors why, including the increasing use of technology and the attitudes of parents.
The impact of these factors can lead to a more sedentary, supervised home-based experience for many children, which, in turn, can lead to increases in obesity and other health issues.
Families and Car Journeys
Dr. Pitt found that the car can be a unique environment, a place of reduced distractions (apart, of course, for the driver) – that allows for important family conversations.
While on a journey, passengers spend time together without interruptions from daily tasks and routines. It’s a space that is ‘in-between’ one place and another, which makes it a chance to have fun, explore, play and be outside everyday life.
The seating arrangement (front and back seats), combined with a lack of eye contact, leads to an atmosphere that is disinhibiting and creates freedom for interactions between family members.
Children and Storytelling
Verbal storytelling can allow children to add their own visual images and ideas, making it an interactive experience. The report identified Podcasts as very useful, engaging teaching tools.
HOW IS THIS RELEVANT TO THE DISCOVERY ADVENTURES?
We want to help turn car journeys into family adventures. So we’re making the most of the special time families spend together in the car – with interactive storytelling that encourages outdoor adventures in the Great British landscape.
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