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ERIC Number: EJ1070979
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1324-1486
Pedagogy of Connections: Findings of a Collaborative Action Research Project in Outdoor and Environmental Education
Preston, Lou; Griffiths, Amma
Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, v8 n2 p36-45 2004
Improving human-nature relationships is often a stated aim of outdoor education, yet this aim is not always made explicit in practice. This paper reflects on a pedagogical intervention which aims to find ways to explicitly develop students' connections with natural places through a tertiary outdoor and environmental education program. It describes the intervention process, which is guided by principles of collaborative action research. Furthermore, the intervention uses a multi-pronged teaching approach incorporating repeated visits to natural places utilizing different "ways of knowing", weekly readings, journal writing, collaborative discussions, and others. We summarize the key findings of the research project and report that repeated visits to a natural place using different ways of knowing (e.g., historical, scientific, ecological, artistic, experiential, etc.) are influential in improving connections. We conclude with a discussion of the opportunities and dilemmas of using action research as a form of pedagogy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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