Outdoor Education: Theory and Practice


This Module has two emphasis. The first emphasis in this module traces the development of outdoor education from its traces in Outward Bound to its more modern and international manifestations.  The second emphasis in this module is an introduction to the skills of teaching and outdoor education pedagogical practice. Throughout this module skills of teaching are introduced, practised, evaluated and reviewed and then applied in a Service Learning Project/s and through Micro-teaching. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically analyse the assumptions that underpin foundational philosophies of education and critically assess their educational processes and outcomes.

  2. Appraise the historical foundations and development of outdoor education in an international and national context and judge their relevance to contemporary outdoor education practice

  3. Recognize, categorise and describe different teaching skills and interventions and offer assessments of their value in different learning situations.

  4. Practice and evaluate the practical skills of teaching in a safe encouraging forum and learn to enhance these skills through discussion, tutor and peer feedback and reflective writing.

% Coursework 60%
% Final Exam 40%