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Making connections with nature : bridging the theory-practice gap in outdoor and environmental education

Preston, Lou 2004, Making connections with nature : bridging the theory-practice gap in outdoor and environmental education, Australian journal of outdoor education, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 12-19.

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Title Making connections with nature : bridging the theory-practice gap in outdoor and environmental education
Author(s) Preston, Lou
Journal name Australian journal of outdoor education
Volume number 8
Issue number 1
Start page 12
End page 19
Total pages 8
Publisher Australian Outdoor Education Council
Place of publication Nathan, QLD.
Publication date 2004
ISSN 1324-1486
Summary In this paper I describe my experience in attempting to assist tertiary students connect with the natural environment through outdoor and environmental education experiences. The paper addresses research conducted with students undertaking an outdoor and environmental education degree and focuses on the pedagogical methods employed in this context. I argue that outdoor and environmental education practitioners may benefit from moving away from a mode of teaching based upon 'generic' methods and look instead to a more local, specific and contextual form of education. By describing an outdoor and environmental education journey in a local, 'ordinary' place and students' experiences in unearthing the stories embedded in this place, I aim to provide some practical strategies to engage young people in a direct and meaningful way. The intention is to broaden the pedagogical possibilities related to facilitating experiences in natural environments and thus contribute to bridging the rhetoric/reality gap in outdoor education.

Language eng
Field of Research 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Australian Outdoor Education Council
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30039351

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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