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

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posted on 2004-01-01, 00:00 authored by Marylou Preston
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.

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Journal

Australian journal of outdoor education

Volume

8

Issue

1

Pagination

12 - 19

Publisher

Australian Outdoor Education Council

Location

Nathan, QLD.

ISSN

1324-1486

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2004, Australian Outdoor Education Council

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