Rethinking Outdoor, Experiential and Informal Education

Edited by Jon Ord, Tony Jeffs

© 2018 – Routledge

224 pages

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About the Book

This book explores the nature and purpose of outdoor, experiential and informal education and considers the ways in which this expanding field might exploit the opportunities it offers young people and adults to engage in reflective informal education. Bringing together a wide range of contributors, the book examines how the outdoors (rural and urban) offers the potential to create educational encounters that are rarely, if ever, available to those teaching within the confines of school classrooms or youth centres.

Offering a fresh perspective, the book advocates shifting the outdoor education agenda from that of skills to speculative, aesthetic and philosophical opportunities embodied within the outdoor experience. Divided into three parts it explores:

  • The environmental and aesthetic values underpinning outdoor education
  • The various landscapes through which the outdoor educational experience is facilitated
  • The process of education in the ‘outdoors’ including self-development, group work and dialogue.

Emphasises the importance of understanding what the variety of experiences mean to the participants, this will be valuable reading to those studying or working in the field of outdoor education.



Table of Contents

Part One: Theory and Philosophy of Education ‘Outdoors’ 1. History of Outdoor Education (Tony Jeffs) 2. ‘Theories’ of Outdoor and Informal Education (Chris Loynes) 3. Experiential Learning (Jon Ord) 4. Informal Education (Tony Jeffs) 5. Adventure, Risk and Purpose (Robbie Nicol) Part Two: The Educational Context of the ‘Outdoors’ 6. Informal learning in a Wilderness Environment (Lucy Maynard) 7. Mountains environments (Marc Johnson and Jon Ord) 8. Informal Education and the Water Environment (Mark Leather) 9. The Living Landscape: being in place (Jean Spence) Part Three: The Process of Education ‘Outdoors’ 10. Development in, and through, Outdoor and Adventure and Education (Annette Coburn and David Wallace) 11. ‘Living together’ - Using Residentials in Informal and Outdoor Education (Sue Cooper) 12. Treading Lightly: Exploring environmental issues within adventure and outdoor education (Kate Rawls) 13. Wasted Spaces: Maximising the Learning Opportunities (Tracey Hodgson and Tony Jeffs

About the Editors

Jon Ord is Reader in Youth Work at UCP Marjon, UK.

Tony Jeffs is Visiting Professor at the Institute of Applied Social Research, Bedfordshire University, UK

Subject Categories

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