Undergraduate Course: Outdoor Learning and Primary Education (EDUA10142)
|School||Moray House School of Education and Sport
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course offers an initial step towards assisting teachers to incorporate outdoor learning into their teaching and curriculum planning. The aim is not to develop student-teachers as outdoor specialists, but 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 to teach across the curriculum in ways that carefully integrate outdoor and indoor settings.
* Rationales for learning outdoors in authentic contexts.
* Outdoor learning, curriculum frameworks and policy contexts.
* Integration of indoor and outdoor learning settings.
* Place- and community-based education.
* Learning for Sustainability.
* Safety and group management in the outdoors.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Qualifications required for the MA Primary Education with... (Hons) and normally completion of years 1 and 2 of an undergraduate programme
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Qualifications required for the MA Primary Education with... (Hons) and normally completion of years 1 and 2 of an undergraduate programme
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the broad concepts underpinning outdoor learning (Learning for Sustainability, place- and community-based education) and experience and critically reflect on the ways in which outdoor learning can be used for various educational purposes.
- Be aware of the ways in which curricular contexts, policy frameworks and outdoor learning may inform one other.
- Understand and apply principles of outdoor learning in authentic contexts.
- Apprehend the safety and risk management issues related to teaching and learning with groups of young people in outdoor settings.
- Developed a critical awareness of educational issues relating to outdoor learning and its interdisciplinary applications.
|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 www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg163.pdf 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 http://www.curriculumforexcellencescotland.gov.uk/index.asp
Learning and Teaching Scotland. (2007). Taking learning outdoors. Retrieved August 24, 2008, from http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/takinglearningoutdoors/about/nationaldocuments/partnershipforexcellence.asp
Learning and Teaching Scotland. (2010). Curriculum for Excellence through outdoor learning. Retrieved April 21, 2010 from http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/outdoorlearning/curriculumforexcellence/index.asp
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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||3 generic cognitive skills (e.g. evaluation, critical analysis);
4 communication, numeracy and IT skills; and
5 autonomy, accountability and working with others.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||There is a mix of lectures and practical on-campus and off-site practical teaching sessions.
|Course organiser||Dr Beth Christie
Tel: (0131 6)51 6031
|Course secretary||Miss Lorraine Nolan
Tel: (0131 6)51 6571