Outdoor learning and learning cycles: moving forward

Lynch, Jonathan ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4765-6504 (2010) Outdoor learning and learning cycles: moving forward. Horizons, 51 . pp. 4-7.

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In my work of teaching outdoor studies students I’ll often explore the history of outdoor education, adventure education and now outdoor learning. It’s a privileged position as it can help me to see the development in patterns of professional practice over the years; sometimes things repeat themselves and we can seem to stay wedded to old practices. In other areas of our field there can sometimes be a shift in thinking, theoretical application or understanding of a concept and we take a leap forward as a profession. One such example is the popular use of experiential learning cycles and the process of reviewing to foster learning in outdoor education participants. Kolb’s learning cycle (see Fig 1.) is a good example (1984) and is referred to in abundance in literature from our field from the 1980s onwards. It is especially common in development training literature from the past; in the Brathay Hall staff development notes of that time in the early 1980s trainers were encouraged to understand and follow the Kolb learning process (Everard, 1993; 13) on all courses.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Horizons
Publisher: Institute for Outdoor Learning
ISSN: 1462 - 0677
Departments: Academic Departments > Science, Natural Resources & Outdoor Studies (SNROS) > Outdoor Studies
Additional Information: Jonathan Lynch has been involved in Outdoor Education since 1993 and is a Senior Lecturer in Outdoor Studies at the University of Cumbria.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2017 15:13
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 09:31
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2748


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