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Undergraduate Course: Outdoor Learning and Primary Education (EDUA10142)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEducation Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionOutdoor Learning and Primary Education is offered as an initial step towards assisting teachers to incorporate outdoor learning into their teaching and curriculum planning. It does not aim to train student-teachers as outdoor specialists, but aims to provide them with some understanding of the benefits, processes and skills related to learning in the outdoors. This interdisciplinary course is designed to give students the tools with which to teach across the curriculum in an outdoor context.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Qualifications required for the B.Ed. (Hons.) Primary and normally completion of years 1 and 2 of an undergraduate programme
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesQualifications required for the B.Ed. (Hons.) Primary and normally completion of years 1 and 2 of an undergraduate programme
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  20
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 27, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 169 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 75 %, Practical Exam 25 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
* understand the broad concepts underpinning outdoor learning in the UK.
* have gained experience and understanding of ways in which outdoor learning can be used for various educational purposes.
* be aware of the ways in which Curriculum for Excellence and outdoor learning may inform each other.
* be able to understand and apply principles of experiential learning to teaching young people in outdoor (and indoor) contexts.
* understand principles of place- and community-based education.
* have developed an awareness of key issues in education for environmental sustainability.
* be aware of safety issues pertinent to teaching and learning with groups of young people in outdoor settings.
* have developed a critical awareness of educational issues relating to outdoor learning and its interdisciplinary applications.
Assessment Information
In order to pass this course students will be expected to:
* in pairs, plan, facilitate and evaluate a minor outdoor activity (includes lesson plan and risk management plan - 1000 words equivalent);
* satisfactorily complete an academic paper outlining the theoretical underpinning of the lesson (3000 words).

Students should demonstrate:
* the ability to reflect critically on outdoor teaching and learning in educational contexts;
* an understanding of the potential for outdoor pedagogy within the Scottish school curriculum guidelines;
* ability to plan, facilitate and evaluate an outdoor learning session.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus * Rationales for learning outdoors
* Outdoor learning and Curriculum for Excellence
* Experiential learning in outdoor contexts
* Place- and community-based education
* Sustainability education
* Safety and group management in the outdoors
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Baker, M. (2005). Landfullness in adventure-based programming: Promoting reconnection to the land. Journal of Experiential Education, 27(3), 267-276.
Beames, S., Higgins, P. & Nicol, R. (2011). Learning outside the classroom. New York: Routledge.
Beames, S., Atencio, M. & Ross, H. (2009). Taking excellence outdoors. Scottish Educational Review, 41(2), 32-45.
Cooper, G. (1998). Outdoors with young people: A leader¿s guide to outdoor activities, the environment and sustainability. Lyme Regis: Russell House.
Dewey, J. (1938/1997). Experience and education. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Higgins, P. & Nicol, R. (2008). Outdoor education. In T. Bryce & W. Humes (Eds.), Scottish education: Beyond devolution (3rd Ed) (pp. 540-545). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
HSE. (2006). Five steps to risk assessment. Retrieved from on June 26, 2008.
Kolb, D.A. (1984). Experiential learning: Experience as the source of learning and development. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall.
Learning and Teaching Scotland. (2009). Curriculum for Excellence. Retrieved July 6, 2009, from
Learning and Teaching Scotland. (2007). Taking learning outdoors. Retrieved August 24, 2008, from
Learning and Teaching Scotland. (2010). Curriculum for Excellence through outdoor learning. Retrieved April 21, 2010 from
Leonard, A. (2010). The story of stuff: How our obsession with stuff is trashing the planet, our communities, and our health - and a vision for change. London: Constable.
Orr, D.W. (2004). Earth in mind: On education, environment, and the human prospect. Washington: Island Press.
Scottish Executive. (2004). Health and safety on educational excursions: A good practice guide. Edinburgh: Scottish Executive.
Smith, G. & Sobel, D. (2010). Place-and community-based education in schools. London: Routledge.
Thorburn, M. & Allison, P. (2010). Are we ready to go outdoors now? The prospects for outdoor education during a period of curriculum renewal in Scotland. Curriculum Journal, 21(1), 97-108.
Wattchow, B. & Brown, M. (2011). A pedagogy of place: Outdoor education for a changing world. Clayton, Victoria: Monash University.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern A variety of teaching and learning approaches will be used, including lectures, discussion seminars, workshop tasks, outdoor activities. The course will culminate with student-led outdoor teaching sessions. Although the course will be taught primarily by the course organiser, other staff with outdoor learning expertise may contribute to specific sessions.
* Teaching Contact Time: 27 hours
* Students will be expected to complete relevant readings and assignment tasks in their own study time.
* Students will spend some of the teaching sessions outdoors and will be expected to dress appropriately.
Keywordsoutdoor learning
Course organiserDr Beth Christie
Tel: (0131 6)51 6573
Course secretaryMrs Lyndsey Black
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