ERIC Number: EJ1098253
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
The Reconceptualisation of Outdoor Education in the Primary School Classroom in Aotearoa New Zealand: How Might "We" Do It?
Education 3-13, v44 n3 p339-352 2016
The powerful learning that occurs outdoors has been well documented in this journal, as has an array of barriers teachers typically face in providing outdoor learning experiences. This paper draws on findings from a collaborative, practice-based research project examining the reconceptualisation of outdoor education in two Year 4 classes in a primary school in Aotearoa New Zealand. Teachers note four factors to be integral to supporting the transformation of curriculum and pedagogical practice. The first two, "(Re)establishing what we stand for" and "a willingness to let go of control," underscore the importance of teachers' ongoing critical analysis of their philosophies and of the impact adopting inquiry approaches had on establishing and sustaining pedagogical change. The third, "local places" matter points to the significance of the innovation itself of adopting place-responsive approaches to sustaining change. The final factor, "a climate of support," examines the key roles that senior teachers, colleagues, and students' families have in supporting teachers' endeavours to transform practice.
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Learning Experience, Educational Philosophy, Teacher Role, Family Role, Educational Change, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Action Research, Focus Groups, Interviews, Case Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand