Narratives of teaching in outdoor and environmental education: What can we learn from a case study of outdoor education pedagogy?

Evans, Neus (Snowy), and Acton, Renae (2021) Narratives of teaching in outdoor and environmental education: What can we learn from a case study of outdoor education pedagogy? Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning. (In Press)

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Abstract

There is an identified need to explore specific teaching and learning strategies used in outdoor education. This paper draws on data collected during an outdoor education camp in regional Australia, where the researchers observed the teaching practice of a veteran outdoor educator. We first situate the study in a summary of the outdoor education literature and policy that informed our research. We then present the observed teaching strategies, detailing narratives of role-based learning and a yarning circle. These demonstrate the educator’s intentional enactment of a range of teaching and learning strategies that span across the behaviourist – constructivist – socio-constructivist spectrum to facilitate learning. Discussion then focuses on two distinguishing features of the educator’s pedagogic practice: nurturing expanded understandings of self through place-responsive teaching and pedagogic agility. In exploring the practice of an experienced outdoor educator, this research provides insight into the intentional use of a suite of specific teaching and learning strategies, which extends and enhances the current field.

Item ID: 68804
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1754-0402
Keywords: teaching strategies; pedagogical knowledge; pedagogic agility; outdoor education; pedagogical practice; pedagogical strategies
Copyright Information: © 2021 Institute for Outdoor Learning. Accepted Version: © 2021. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/CC BY-NC-ND
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2021 01:20
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390105 Environmental education curriculum and pedagogy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160302 Pedagogy @ 50%
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160303 Teacher and instructor development @ 50%
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