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Silvia Cont

School of Education

Faculty of Arts Professional and Social Studies

I am currently working as a postgraduate researcher at Liverpool John Moores University, School of Education, Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies. My main research interest is the outdoor learning approach Forest School. Other research interests include sense of place, nature connectedness, and nature deficit disorder.

The ongoing research project focuses on the impact of Forest School Training opportunities on primary student teachers attending an Initial Teacher Training programme. The objective of the research is to assess the impact of the employment of outdoor learning pedagogies on primary trainee teachers’ future profession and professional development.




2018, Linköping University, Sweden, Degree of Master in Social Science (MSS) in Didactics - Environmental Outdoor Education and Outdoor Life
2015, University of Trento, Italy, Degree of Master in Psychology (MSc) - Neuroscience
2012, Univeristy of Verona, Italy, Bachelor Degree in Science of Training and Organisations - Psychology L24


SEDA-Staff and Education Development Association, Ideas, Insights and Information (3Is)
Advance HE, United Kingdom, Associate Fellow

Academic appointments

Research Assistant, Early Years, Edge Hill University, 2022 - present
Postgradaute Researcher, School of Education, Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies, Liverpool John Moores Univeristy, 2019 - 2024

Journal article

Boardman K, Hindley C, Cont S. 2023. Supporting under-fives and their families with communication, language and literacy development: A collaborative research circle project Impact Journal of the Chartered College of Teaching, 19 :57-59 Publisher Url Public Url

Cont S, Rowley A, Knowles Z, Bowe C. 2023. The perceptions of trainee teachers towards Forest School, does connection to nature matter? Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Feather D, Hazzard C, Ludvigsen J, Cont S, Taylor K. A Wellspring for New Pedagogical Approaches: The Importance of Foundation Years for Universities Journal of the Foundation Year Network, Public Url