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ERIC Number: EJ1070231
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1324-1486
Outdoor Education in Senior Schooling: Clarifying the Body of Knowledge
Martin, Peter
Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, v12 n1 p13-24 2008
Australia has a state-based educational system. In some of these states, outdoor education exists as part of the formal accredited secondary school curriculum. In this paper I analyse the content of these senior secondary school outdoor courses as a means to help delineate and describe the body of knowledge of outdoor education. I suggest outdoor education's body of knowledge reflected in these courses fall into six different content categories or areas. Only two of these areas, outdoor pursuits knowledge and skill, and journey based knowledge and skill are common to all courses reviewed. The remaining four content categories each provide a pathway to extend outdoor education into the conceptually more rigorous realms of senior schooling. I conclude with reflective comment on these four pathways and the future of outdoor education in senior schooling.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia