Rain and Romanticism: the environment in outdoor education (2015)
Type of ContentJournal Article
PublisherInforma UK Limited
© 2015 Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Outdoor education provides an opportunity to engage with natural environments in ways that are distinct from other physical education teacher education (PETE) courses. This research examines how pre-service teachers (PSTs) within a PETE degree experienced ‘environment’ on an outdoor education camp. Using selfstudy methodology and drawing on responses of students and my reflections, I sought to interrogate my Romantic assumptions. A particularly rainy camp provided rich opportunities and PST responses to the weather were diverse, because the rain prompted environmental responsiveness in ways that would not have occurred in fine weather. PSTs generally valued the affordances of the outdoor setting which they saw as distinct from daily schooling. However, contrary experiences also emerged, problematising my Romantic framing of the environment and indicating that my approach was marginalising some students. Implications for teachers and teacher educators are discussed.
CitationNorth C (2015). Rain and Romanticism: the environment in outdoor education. Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport & Physical Education. 6(3). 287-298.
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Keywordsoutdoor education; teacher education; environment; Romanticism; self-study
ANZSRC Fields of Research13 - Education::1303 - Specialist Studies in Education::130313 - Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
41 - Environmental sciences::4104 - Environmental management::410403 - Environmental education and extension
39 - Education::3901 - Curriculum and pedagogy::390111 - Physical education and development curriculum and pedagogy
39 - Education::3901 - Curriculum and pedagogy::390102 - Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
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