Outdoor environmental education research and reflective practice

Prince, Heather ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6199-4892 (2021) Outdoor environmental education research and reflective practice. In: Thomas, Glyn J., Dyment, Janet and Prince, Heather, (eds.) Outdoor Environmental Education in Higher Education: International Perspectives. International Explorations in Outdoor and Environmental Education . Springer International Publishing AG, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 349-361.

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Many outdoor environmental educators develop their learning through professional practice and encounter research by reading, or in the role of a researcher themselves. Research is important to develop an evidence base for the efficacy of outdoor interventions, and to demonstrate outcomes to give confidence and reassurance to practice, which may inform policy or effect change. Reflective practice may be informed by research or research may inform reflective practice. In this chapter, examples of research in outdoor contexts are provided to show how reflective and reflexive practice can be used to interpret their relevance and application to practice, and how questions about practice inform research. A new model is presented to illustrate the prominence of research and reflective practice in an outdoor practitioner’s consciousness. It is suggested that outdoor environmental educators develop their professional practice with respect to research through processes of reflection, which becomes more critical, deeper and reflexive with increasing experience.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
ISBN: 9783030759803
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Departments: Institute of Science and Environment > Outdoor Studies
Depositing User: Heather Prince
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2021 12:06
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 12:46
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6291


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