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Autoethnographic stories for self and environment: reflective pedagogy to advance ‘environmental awareness’ in student outdoor practitioners.

Porter, Su and Couper, Pauline ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0083-223X (2021) Autoethnographic stories for self and environment: reflective pedagogy to advance ‘environmental awareness’ in student outdoor practitioners. Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning.

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Abstract

There is increasing pressure on academic staff in this economically competitive world to enhance the graduate capabilities of students, rendering them employable as morally informed global citizens, in addition to enhancing their disciplinary knowledge and understanding. The BA Outdoor Adventure Education degree programme at Plymouth Marjon University, includes the module, Environmental Awareness through Adventure Sport, as one focus to engage students in the environmental ethics discourse of outdoor adventure and explore how adventure activities are managed with specific consideration to ethical environmental practices (Module Descriptor, 2016). We aim to achieve this through learning, teaching and assessment that includes autoethnography as pedagogy and research method. This approach enables students to experience nature through an adventure activity, in this instance, rock climbing. This is a human experience in a social and cultural context, in, of and for nature. Students are asked to engage with nature ‘making-meaning in, about, and for the various environments’ (Payne and Watchow, 2009, p. 16) as outdoor practitioners and leaders. These lived experiences in nature have prompted us to develop a framework where future students and other outdoor leaders can develop understanding and interrogate, the multiple, complex and nuanced ways outdoor activities can engage people with nature.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: "This is an accepted version of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning, on 24/06/2021 available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14729679.2021.1935284"
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14729679.2021.1935284
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
School/Department: School of Humanities
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/5245

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