Transcultural European outdoor studies: a case study of transcultural learning and teaching

Loynes, Christopher (2015) Transcultural European outdoor studies: a case study of transcultural learning and teaching. In: RGS-IBG Higher Education Research Group Annual Conference: Geographies of the Anthropocene, 1-4 September 2015, University of Exeter, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The Erasmus Mundus MA Transcultural European Outdoor Studies is provided by a partnership of three universities in Norway, Germany and the UK and is in its fourth year. The cohorts of approximately twenty international students come from nearly as many countries and five continents. The course is full time and two years long requiring the students to peregrinate from Ambleside to Oslo and Marburg before choosing one university and potentially a fourth country as their base for their dissertation. The cultural interaction takes many forms including living and studying in an international group, studying in three countries, studying with the national cohort of postgraduate students in each country, being taught in English yet learning two other languages, exploring the local cultures and landscapes, experiencing and examining outdoor activities and outdoor educations of each nation and engaging with visiting scholars from other countries as well as the host nations. The central question of the programme is how the different landscapes and cultural contexts of the three nations, whilst influenced by many of the same historical roots, leads to varying forms of human nature relations and outdoor education practices. In addition the curriculum explicitly sets out to explore the experience of the journey as a phenomenon in Outdoor Education and an experience in which the students are engaged on a micro scale of excursions and a macro scale of the two-year study programme. This case study will evaluate the unfolding teaching and learning strategies and their impact on the student experience.

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Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies > Forestry, Conservation & Applied Science
Depositing User: Christopher Loynes
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2016 11:56
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2017 22:26
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2260

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