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A surprising discovery: five pedagogical skills outdoor and experiential educators might offer more mainstream educators in this time of change
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-21, 16:17 authored by Blenkinsop, S, Telford, J, Marcus MorseMarcus Morse
This article draws from the experience of outdoor and experiential educators working in the context of a radical, long-term formal public education research project. One of the accidental findings from the research is that experienced outdoor educators may have particular pedagogical skills, likely honed by the contexts in which they work, that can be of use to mainstream educators trying to expand their pedagogical repertoire, teach outdoors or be more environmentally focused in their practices. The article begins by contextualising the Maple Ridge Environmental School Project, describing the researchers and methods and explaining how the research team came to their insights. A discussion follows of five pedagogical skills identified by the researchers that outdoor and experiential educators may possess which might be offered more clearly to classroom teachers and formal teacher training processes and/or be more clearly enunciated for those involved in formal and informal outdoor and experiential training contexts.
Publication titleJournal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning
Department/SchoolFaculty of Education
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom