Making sense of the sensory outdoors

Prince, Heather ORCID logo ORCID: (2017) Making sense of the sensory outdoors. In: European Institute of Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning (EOE) International Seminar, 28 June - 2 July 2017, University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth, UK. (Unpublished)

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Sensory activities in the outdoors build on young people’s curiosity yet their justification in terms of content or process in relation to learning, pedagogy or a wider understanding of issues is less well recognized. This presentation will explore meaning making of sensory activities for educators and young people in formal mainstream school curricula, through the objectives of increasing environmental awareness and physical activity, changes in behaviours, knowledge and attitudes. It will examine whether through experiencing nature, young people will actively seek a relationship or connection with it. The balance between cognitive objectives and pedagogical approaches of exploration, inquiry, experience and communication will be explored for optimizing outcomes, supported by case studies of outdoor experiences and research. The presentation will also provide examples of activities using the senses in the outdoors with young people that address understandings of disabilities and seek to develop more egalitarian relationships, and which begin to co-construct narratives of diversity, equality and inclusion.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Departments: Academic Departments > Science, Natural Resources & Outdoor Studies (SNROS) > Outdoor Studies
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Depositing User: Heather Prince
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 14:34
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 17:45


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