Education Outdoors Conference 2017
Outdoor Learning: A Natural Connection
Outdoor learning is a form of experiential education that focuses on guided, integrated learning in outdoor natural environments. It utilises the natural environment to impart personal and social knowledge, physical skills, and subject-specific knowledge across the full curriculum. Outdoor Learning has long been recognised for its diversity and ability to connect with many other areas. Join us to further unpack and strengthen these connections.
This year’s theme aims to highlight the benefits of children’s experience in natural environments, including health through increased physical activity; wellbeing through enhancing social and intra-personal qualities and educational attainment through developing ‘characters’ of resilience and confidence.
This year’s conference will not only showcase current Victorian “outdoor learning” programs, but will also provide national and international connections.
Associate Professor (Reader) in Outdoor Learning in Plymouth Institute of Education at Plymouth UniversitySue is also a special international guest who is coming over from the UK to present at the Pre- Conference Research Symposium on Thursday. She will be opening the conference with her keynote presentation on Friday morning, titled: “If outdoor learning is the answer, what’s the question?”
Dr Karen Malone
Professor of Sustainability, Acting Director, Centre for Educational Research, HDR Director and Leader of the sustainability research group at Western Sydney University
Dr Karen Malone is offering a keynote presentation on Saturday afternoon, titled: “Urban, childhood nature relations in the Anthropocene” Karen is an international researcher on environmental and outdoor education, sustainability learning, urban studies, sustainable cities, social sustainability, globalisation, international development, human rights, children’s geographies, new posthumanist pedagogies, placed-based participatory research, and theorising posthumanism and new materialism in the Anthropocene.
Matt P. Stevenson
PhD Fellow at the Centre for Outdoor Recreation and Education (CORE), University of Copenhagen, DenmarkMatt is also presenting at the Pre-Conference Research Symposium and we are very happy that he is staying on to offer a keynote presentation on Friday morning for Conference delegates. Matt’s presentation is titled: “Education outside the classroom in Denmark: A balancing act between grassroots autonomy and formalised policy and practice”
Kayak Adventurer & Outdoor Education Freelance InstructorIn the past five and a half years, WA’s Sandy Robson has put herself to the test as she retraced 23000km of the journey of Oskar Speck and paddled through 20 countries by kayak. She has battled through strong winds and huge surf, paddled long arduous stretches of remote foreign coast, found herself stuck out overnight in the kayak at sea and ventured beyond fatigue and into the world of hallucinations more than once.
Schedule, Presenters and Sponsors
This page contains all the schedule, Presenter and Sponsor information you will find in the conference APP. This information will be constantly updated on a daily basis between now and the 25th May. To download the free Conference APP go to your: iTunes Store or Google Play store