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Being outdoors: lived experience on the Franklin River


Morse, MD and Blenkinsop, S, Being outdoors: lived experience on the Franklin River, Phenomenology & Practice, 16, (1) pp. 57-70. ISSN 1913-4711 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.29173/pandpr29501


Being outdoors can provide experiential possibilities not readily available indoors. In this paper we draw on phenomenological research undertaken with participants on 10-day outdoor Franklin River journeys in Tasmania, Australia, to illustrate such possibilities. By exploring multiple aspects and variations of participant lived experience outdoors we focus, in particular, on the potential ontological implications of these experiences. We detail three key findings that emerged from participant descriptions: i) a feeling of humility, ii) being alive to the present, and iii) paradox and living with the irresolvable via anecdotes, experiential structures and quotes. In doing so we highlight and discuss what, we suggest, are profound possibilities for participantsí ways of being outdoors with/in this vibrant riverscape.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:outdoor, phenomenology, experience, river, paradox
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Morse, MD (Dr Marcus Morse)
ID Code:155261
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2023-02-08
Last Modified:2023-02-08

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