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‘I did think it was a bit strange taking outdoor education online’: exploration of initial teacher education students’ online learning experiences in a tertiary outdoor education unit


Dyment, J and Downing, J and Hill, A and Smith, H, I did think it was a bit strange taking outdoor education online': exploration of initial teacher education students' online learning experiences in a tertiary outdoor education unit, Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 18, (1) pp. 70-85. ISSN 1472-9679 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2017 Institute for Outdoor Learning

DOI: doi:10.1080/14729679.2017.1341327


With a view to attracting more students and offering flexible learning opportunities, online teaching and learning is becoming increasingly wide-spread across the higher education sector. This research reports on the experiences of eight initial teacher education students who studied an outdoor education unit in the online space. Using a descriptive qualitative case study approach, the students were interviewed with a view to exploring their experiences of studying outdoor education in the online space. Students spoke about the ways in which the online teaching space, the role of the field experience and the assessment tasks contributed to, or detracted from, their learning experiences. Our study revealed that with careful design and delivery, the online space was an effective way to deliver a foundational outdoor education unit. This article concludes with a discussion of how these findings sit alongside recent papers that advance our understandings of teaching and learning in outdoor education.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:outdoor education, outdoor learning, sustainability education, online learning
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Physical education and development curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Dyment, J (Associate Professor Janet Dyment)
UTAS Author:Downing, J (Dr Jillian Downing)
UTAS Author:Hill, A (Dr Allen Hill)
UTAS Author:Smith, H (Dr Heidi Smith)
ID Code:120197
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-08-15
Last Modified:2019-08-27

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