Bringing adventure to your classroom: a handbook sharing action research and activities implemented by teachers from Bolivia, Colombia and Mexico

Trevino Gonzalez, Maria ORCID logo ORCID: (2022) Bringing adventure to your classroom: a handbook sharing action research and activities implemented by teachers from Bolivia, Colombia and Mexico. Masters dissertation, University of Cumbria. Item availability may be restricted.

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Public school teaching in many countries, including Latin America, still employs traditional methodologies where learners are passive recipients, although there is a growing interest in introducing active learning methodologies. Research regarding the implementation of experiential, outdoor, adventure-based, place-based education within the school context is continuously growing. This book results from an innovative, qualitative participatory research process performed between June and August 2022 with ten teachers working in Bolivia, Colombia and Mexico public schools. The aim was to explore how these methodologies were helpful for their practice and to collaboratively document a digital free resource for sharing with diverse educational communities. After an initial, online synchronic session, participants continued working asynchronously in creating strategies for their classrooms and reporting their applications through various digital tools. As a result, teachers documented and shared 13 activities to include in the book. A final reflexive discussion was conducted through synchronic virtual sessions and asynchronous chat conversations to complete the data review and analysis. All the process was documented in the format of a journal article that can be additionally submitted to a peer-reviewed publication. Findings showed results observed in students and teachers, barriers faced and an influence on future practice, supporting the possibility of replicating future processes with groups of teachers in the region and nurturing international collaboration. Further research on implementing these methodologies can highlight their positive impacts on students and support the growing need for new strategies that enhance teacher professional development and propel quality education in the region.

Item Type: Thesis/Dissertation (Masters)
Departments: Institute of Science and Environment > Outdoor Studies
Additional Information: This book is presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the Degree of Master of Arts in Outdoor and Experiential Learning from the University of Cumbria, UK, September 2022. Word count: 14,324. This work is licensed under CC BY 4.0.
Depositing User: Heather Prince
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2022 17:58
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 14:00
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