1st Edition

The Changing World of Outdoor Learning in Europe

    300 Pages
    by Routledge

    300 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Changing World of Outdoor Learning in Europe sets out to provide a comprehensive analysis of the economical and political changes that have occurred in European outdoor culture in the preceding two decades, from a diverse range of perspectives including institutional, theoretical, national and educational views. The book looks at how outdoor education has been transformed into an increasingly global field where established and influenced practices have been introduced into modernising and democratising nations.

    With contributions from the members of the board of the European Institute of Outdoor Adventure Eduation and Experiential Learning and representatives of the networks that stand behind it, this unique book provides thorough factual analyses and examinations of outdoor learning that have never been presented before. The book contains contributions from across Europe, with authors from the UK, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Slovenia, Poland, Norway and the Czech Republic. Chapters within the volume by non - European authors provide another perspective on the European story in a wider context. As a whole, the book will stimulate the ongoing debate about the nature, function and organisation of outdoor education around the globe.

    The Changing World of Outdoor Learning in Europe will be of great interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of outdoor education, leadership and recreation; and outdoor, sport, environmental and leisure studies. It should also be essential reading for those involved in outdoor organisations in Europe and worldwide.

    Introduction Peter Becker for editors Section 1: Socio-political and environmental contexts Introduction Barbara Humberstone Self-fulfilment in nature: Observations about a major narrative in European outdoor culture Peter Becker Youth policy of the European Union Jochem Schirp Women in outdoor adventure education and outdoor learning in Europe: feminist issues, gender relations and future perspectives Kirsti Pedersen-Gurholt Outdoor education/studies and Eco-feminisms – Reflections on the last 20 years Di Collins, Barbara Humberstone Consider your trace: the shift from education ‘in’ to education ‘for’ the environment Chris Loynes Section 2: Structures and Agencies Introduction Jochem Schirp Transcultural explorations in nature based early childhood education Eva Ärlemalm-Hagser, Sue Elliott The changing character of Outdoor Education Centres in the UK Geoff Cooper TEOS - an attempt to establish an academic discourse about the European Outdoor Culture in a continually further globalising world Peter Becker, Martin Lindner and Martin Vollmar No risk, no experience – Imbalances in the safety-provisions discourse from the outdoor-pedagogical perspective Martin Vollmer, Martin Lindner Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning: examining journal trends since 2000 Heather Prince, Beth Christie, Barbara Humberstone, Kirsti Pedersen Gurholt Section 3: National perspectives Introduction Chris Loynes Development(s) of Outdoor Education in Sweden Erik Backman Outdoor Education in the National Curriculum: the shifting sands in formal education Mark Leather Irish Outdoor Education: knowing my place Stephen Hannon The Development and Role of Outdoor Education and CŠOD in the Slovenian School System Darja Skribe Dimec and Irena Kokalj 'From Erä to Elo. Loss or Gain? A brief history of Finnish Outdoor Education Jari Kujala Education in Nature Programmes in the Czech Republic Since 1989 Jan Neuman, Ivana Turkova and Andrew J. Martin Conversations across the Pond: connections between Canadian and Western European outdoor studies over the last 20 years Pat Maher End Piece: Adventures in the Outdoors – an email communication between Steve Bowles & Peter Becker Steve Bowles, Peter Becker


    Peter Becker, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of sociology and anthropology of sport at Philipps University of Marburg, Germany.

    Barbara Humberstone, PhD, is Professor of Sociology of Sport and Outdoor Education at Buckinghamshire New University, UK.

    Chris Loynes, PhD, is Reader in Outdoor Studies at the University of Cumbria.

    Jochem Schirp, retired director of bsj Marburg (Germany), a nation- and Europe-wide operating non-profit organisation in the field of child and youth care.