Outdoor education through the lens of peace philosophy: exploring the inherent peace educating potential of outdoor education and how outdoor practitioners can use it for enhancing their work

Krüger, Mandy (2016) Outdoor education through the lens of peace philosophy: exploring the inherent peace educating potential of outdoor education and how outdoor practitioners can use it for enhancing their work. Masters dissertation, University of Cumbria. Item availability may be restricted.

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Abstract

This theory-generating research explores the otherwise academically seldom acknowledged interface of outdoor education and peace philosophy, employing educational science as an overarching frame. Building on a theoretical framework that shows how educational forms of Erziehung, formal education, derive from modern understandings of peace while forms of Bildung, non-formal education, derive from transrational approaches to peace outdoor education is analysed for these different educational components that allow conclusions about the peace-fostering potential of outdoor education. The inductive, exploratory investigation uses two semi-structured expert interviews, one expert of outdoor education and one of peace philosophy, to define five distinctive features of outdoor education that foster peace: (1) being movement-oriented, (2) regarding conflict as a motor for personal development, (3) exemplary training how to cope with it, (4) being relationship-oriented and (5) providing group and community experiences; and to find four aspects of outdoor educational practices that stand in the way to unfolding this inherent peace-fostering potential of outdoor education even more: (6) overly focusing on conflicts instead of peace experiences, (7) losing sight of the central importance of relationship-work within outdoor education, (8) pushing participants for presentable learning outcomes and (9) facilitators not seeking broad enough training.

Item Type: Thesis/Dissertation (Masters)
Departments: Outdoor Studies
Additional Information: Dissertation presented in part fulfilment of the requirements of the Degree of Master of Arts in Transcultural European Outdoor Studies, University of Cumbria, 2016.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2018 09:39
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2018 00:15
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3896

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