The field trip and the ‘occupation’ of outdoor educator: developing a place responsive approach to professional development in HE [online blog]

Towers, Daniel and Loynes, Christopher (2016) The field trip and the ‘occupation’ of outdoor educator: developing a place responsive approach to professional development in HE [online blog]. Teaching-focused in HE .

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Abstract

Place responsiveness in outdoor education is a big topic. It became more urgent for staff at the University of Cumbria when we were faced with an international cohort of masters students. The last thing we wanted to be accused of was a neo-colonial teaching of the British ‘way’ leading to the emergence of a globalised practice in places as far-flung and as different in their landscapes and cultures as Columbia, Kazakhstan and the Philippines. But is it possible to overcome all the traditions, training and expectations of the UK’s iconic outdoor education practices, from adventure activities to environmental sciences, in order to develop a practice largely inspired by the place itself? We took inspiration from Quay and Seaman’s recent book ‘John Dewey and Education Outdoors’ in which they propose Dewey’s concept of ‘occupation’ as an organising principle for a curriculum. We then took the students to a remote (in English terms) valley and posed them the question ‘what kind of outdoor educator could you be here?’

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Teaching-focused in HE
Publisher: GEES network
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies > Outdoor Studies
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2016 11:07
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2017 17:37
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2499

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