Finding new ways: developing a co-constructed approach to excursions in higher education

Loynes, Christopher and Towers, Daniel (2018) Finding new ways: developing a co-constructed approach to excursions in higher education. Journal of Experiential Education, 41 (4). pp. 369-381.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/1053825918808329

Abstract

Background: Outdoor Experiential Education (OEE) in the UK is steeped in tradition. It can be argued that established practices are limiting the ability of outdoor professionals to respond to the global challenges of the modern world through locally relevant ways. Internationally, Higher Education (HE) is also currently subject to considerable challenges and its continued relevance can be gauged through its ability to become meaningful in a rapidly changing and pluralistic world. If the intention is to prepare educators for the future, OEE within HE could benefit from finding new ways.

Purpose: We examine the impact of our pedagogical approach to working with international students, developing professional practice informed by one place, set within the context of the needs of the world and framed by the question “what kind of outdoor educator do you want to become?”

Methodology/approach: The authors utilize Dewey’s concept of occupations as an organizing principle for the curriculum. Four excursions involving 86 students were facilitated.

Findings/conclusions: The norms of traditional OEE practices were predominantly overcome and innovative ways of co-creating knowledge emerged.

Implications: If outdoor educators develop their own occupation in the context of wider needs, they can become place-responsive as well as continuously open to change.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Experiential Education
Publisher: SAGE Publications / Association for Experiential Education
ISSN: 2169-009X
Departments: Outdoor Studies
Depositing User: Christopher Loynes
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2018 12:00
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 12:20
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4067

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