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1st Edition

Research Methods in Outdoor Studies

ISBN 9780367188832
Published August 5, 2019 by Routledge
374 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Over the last two decades Outdoor Studies has emerged as an innovative and vibrant field of study. This is the first book to offer a comprehensive appraisal of established and cutting-edge research methods as applied to Outdoor Studies.

Covering qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, the book examines key methodologies, themes and technologies such as digital research, mobile methodologies, ethnography, interviews, research design, research ethics and ways of disseminating research.

Featuring contributions from leading researchers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, this is an essential text for any Outdoor Studies course or for researchers looking for innovative and creative research techniques.

Table of Contents



Part I: Conceptualising and initiating the research process

1. Entangled philosophical and methodological dimensions of research in outdoor studies? Living with(in) messy theorisation.

Kathleen Pleasants and Alistair Stewart

2. Ethical issues and practicalities in outdoor studies research

Barbara Humberstone and Carol Cutler Riddick

3. Designing effective research projects in outdoor studies

Heather Prince and Liz Mallabon

Part II: Qualitative methodologies – choosing an appropriate approach

4. Phenomenological approaches to research in outdoor studies

John Telford

5. A critical examination of the place of interviews in outdoor studies research

Allen Hill, Philippa Morse and Janet Dyment

6. Methods and techniques for capturing empirical material from experiences and stories in outdoor spaces and places

Heidi Smith

7. Mobilising research methods: Sensory approaches to outdoor and experiential learning research

Sue Waite and Phil Waters

8. Capturing complexity and collaborative emergence through case study design: An ecosocial framework for researching outdoor sustainability education practice

Alison Lugg

9. Ethnographic research in outdoor studies

Ina Stan

10. Autoethnography: Creating stories that make a difference

Barbara Humberstone and Robbie Nicol

11. Thinking the social through myself: Reflexivity in research practice

Rebecca Olive

12. Finding my professional voice: Autobiography as a research method for outdoor studies

Mark Leather

Part III: Contemporary creative qualitative methods

13. Creative nonfiction in outdoor studies

Ben Clayton and Emily Coates

14. Shared-story approaches in outdoor studies: The HEAR (Hermeneutics, Auto/Ethnography and Action Research) ‘listening’ methodological model

Tracy Ann Hayes and Heather Prince

15. Digital narrative methodology and multisensory outdoor ethnography

Kirsti Pedersen Gurholt

16. Practising feminist reflexivity: Collaborative letter writing as method

Pip Lynch, Martha Bell, Marg Cosgriff and Robyn Zink

17. Post-qualitative inquiry in outdoor studies: A radical (non-)methodology

Jamie Mcphie and David A.G. Clarke

18. Together along the way: Applying mobilities through praxis in outdoor studies field research

Philip M. Mullins

19. Mobile methods in outdoor studies: Walking interviews with educators

Jonathan Lynch

20. Sensing the outdoors through research: Multisensory, multimedia, multimodal and multiliteracy possibilities lisahunter

21. Representing experience: Creative methods and emergent analysis

Marcus Morse and Philippa Morse

Part IV: Quantitative and mixed methods

22. Deriving metrics and measures in outdoor research

Roger Scrutton

23. Scientific investigations in outdoor environments

Lois Mansfield

24. Mixed methods research in outdoor studies: Paradigmatic considerations

Kass Gibson and Mark Leather

25. Mixed methods research in outdoor studies: Practical applications

Suzanne Peacock and Eric Brymer

26. Quantitative analyses of small samples with complex data-structures

Ulrich Dettweiler

Part V: Disseminating, communicating and sharing research

27. Publishing and disseminating outdoor studies research

Linda Allin, Heather Prince and Barbara Humberstone

28. Research hubs: The theory-practice nexus

Carrie Hedges, Chris Loynes and Sue Waite

29. Knocking on doors in the policy corridor – can research in outdoor studies contribute to policy change? A professional narrative on shaping educational policy and practice in Scotland

Peter Higgins

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Barbara Humberstone is Professor of Sociology of Sport and Outdoor Education at Buckinghamshire New University, UK, and Visiting Professor at Plymouth Marjon University, UK. She is also Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning. Her research interests include: Embodiment, alternative/ nature-based physical activities and life-long learning, wellbeing and outdoor pedagogies, and social and environmental justice.

Heather Prince is Professor at the University of Cumbria, UK. She is interested in pedagogic practice in outdoor and environmental education, including the design of higher education courses and support for research programmes, students and staff. Her research interests are in school-based outdoor learning, sustainability and adventure. She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.