1st Edition

Rethinking Outdoor, Experiential and Informal Education Beyond the Confines

Edited By Tony Jeffs, Jon Ord Copyright 2018
    210 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    210 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book seeks to bring together the two disciplines of informal and outdoor education, and challenges readers to think differently about outdoor and adventure education. It develops core ideas and thinking about informal education within outdoor settings, and explores how its principles and practice can enhance outdoor education. 

    A wide range of contributors look in detail at the concept of change in the outdoors, whilst also considering the ways in which this expanding field might exploit opportunities offered to young people and adults to engage in reflective informal education. It encourages outdoor educators to experience their immediate surroundings in new and innovative ways and grasp the challenge of promoting a sustainable lifestyle.  

    Offering a fresh perspective on shifting the outdoor education agenda from that of skills acquisition and ‘narrow learning’ to the social and political, as well as aesthetic and philosophical opportunities embodied within the outdoor experience, this book will be valuable reading for those studying or working in the field of outdoor education.


    1 Origins of Outdoor and Adventure Education 2 Theorising Outdoor Education: Purpose and Practice 3 Experiential Education: The Importance of John Dewey 4 Informal Education & the Outdoors 5 The Living Landscape: Being in Place 6 Wilderness and Informal Education: Importance of wild places and spaces 7 Mountains, Climbing and Informal Education 8 Water Environments and Informal Education 9 Development in the Outdoors: An Asset Based Approach 10 ‘Living together’ - Making the most of the residential experience in outdoor and adventure education 11 Fostering Sustainability in Outdoor and Informal Education


    Tony Jeffs recently retired from the Department of Applied Social Sciences Durham University, UK, where he still teaches in a part-time capacity. He was founding editor of the journal Youth and Policy and is currently a member of the journal’s Editorial Board.

    Jon Ord is Associate Professor at Plymouth Marjon University, UK.

    "This text develops core ideas about informal education, and explores how the principles and practices can enhance outdoor and adventure education. In addition, this text provides excellent grounding through evidenced based discussion and applied examples, for those less familiar with how to use outdoor environments and informal learning to discover the political, social, aesthetic, and philosophical opportunities." - Ian A. Neville, Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education