Power with or power over: a case study of emerging voices within an outdoor experience

Loynes, Christopher ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9779-7954 (2006) Power with or power over: a case study of emerging voices within an outdoor experience. In: Widening Horizons: Third International Conference of Outdoor Education, 4-7 July 2006, Penrith, UK. (Unpublished) Full text not available from this repository.

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Outdoor educators believe that the experiences they offer can be powerful and meaningful. This study explores how an experience becomes powerful and meaningful and whose meanings and values emerge in the voices of the participants and facilitators. Dewey’s understanding of experiential learning as sensory then conceptual was used as a model. The conceptual development of meaning was found to be problematic as facilitators supported participants in personal and reflexive accounts of experience. Various forms of knowledge inter-played and the facilitators choices of which form of knowledge to attend to, and how, was crucial in developing a sense of empowerment or not. The pedagogy of the project was critiqued in the context of the historical ideals of informal and Outdoor Education. This allowed the researcher to consider the degree to which long-standing professional values were at work and how effective they were at developing ‘power with’ in the modern context of youth transition.

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Departments: Academic Departments > Science, Natural Resources & Outdoor Studies (SNROS) > Outdoor Studies
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Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2010 14:21
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URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/810
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