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Rethinking Outdoor, Experiential and Informal Education

Beyond the Confines

Edited by Tony Jeffs, Jon Ord

© 2018 – Routledge

224 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

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.


Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

Tony Jeffs teaches in the Department Applied Social Sciences, Durham University, from which he recently retired.

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDUCATION / Non-Formal Education