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A Pedagogy of Place : Outdoor Education for a Changing World - Brian Wattchow

A Pedagogy of Place

Outdoor Education for a Changing World

Paperback Published: 1st February 2011
ISBN: 9780980651249
Number Of Pages: 244

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A pedagogy of place refers to an alternative vision for outdoor education practice. This timely book, A Pedagogy of Place, calls into question some of the underlying assumptions and truths about outdoor education, and in turn offers alternatives to current practice that are responsive to local conditions and cultural traditions. In this renewal of outdoor education philosophy and practice, the emphasis is upon responding to, and empathising with, the outdoors as particular places, rich in local meaning and significance. Current outdoor education theory and practice is influenced by cultural ideas about risk and adventure, and by psychological theories of personal and social development. However, in recent decades the professional discourse of outdoor education has made a noticeable shift to include education for the environment and nature.This has resulted in a mismatch between theory and practice: traditional notions of proving oneself against the challenges of the outdoors are antithetical to the development of an empathetic relationship with outdoor places, which growing concern with todays environment demands.

This book will be the first of its kind to articulate a renewal of philosophy and practice for outdoor education that is in keeping with the educational needs of todays young people as they grapple with considerable social and ecological changes in a rapidly changing world.

The authors draw extensively on international, national and local literature and provide compelling case studies drawn from the Australian and New Zealand contexts. Mike Brown is a Senior Lecturer in the Sport and Leisure Studies Department, Faculty of Education, University of Waikato. Brian Wattchow is a Senior Lecturer in the Sport and Outdoor Recreation in the Faculty of Education, Monash University.

Engaging and Informative


As a Social Ecology Masters student I've delighted in the reading of this book with the questions it raises, explores and explains on the meaning associated with a 'sense of place' in the educational arena.

Glenwood, NSW Australia


Pedagogy of Place

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Introduction; Personal Narratives; Outdoor Education; The Case for Place; The Emergence of Place in Outdoor Education; Expeditionary Learning and a Sense of Place; That Feeling of Familiarity; Transitions; Knowable Places; Signposts to a Place-Responsive Pedagogy in Outdoor Education Notes; References; About the Authors.

ISBN: 9780980651249
ISBN-10: 0980651247
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 1st February 2011
Publisher: Monash University Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.38

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