Outdoor and environmental

Academic Staff within the School of Education and the Department of Outdoor and Environmental Education undertake research in a range of areas related to key outdoor education and environmental studies interests. These interests form the basis of research activity and inform the range of post undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered by the School and Department. The research undertaken within the School is focused around three key areas

Understanding and shaping human experience of region and place

This focus is centred on the ways in which education and experience shapes social attitudes and practices to the land - aspects that in the short and long term will influence human and environmental futures in Australia. The context for this research within the school includes: environmental education by community groups, NGOs, and government authorities, environmental interpretation in parks and reserves, eco-tourism and nature guiding enterprises and outdoor recreation participation.

Focus Area Staff
Environmental Interpretation Lesley Hodgson

Human / nature relationships for sustainability.
Sustainability education

Ruth Lawrence
Land use history/management Ruth Lawrence, Gregg Muller
Recreation impact Gregg Muller
Sustainable tourism Lesley Hodgson

Outdoor Environmental Education

This focus is concerned with how outdoor and environmental education curriculum is framed and enacted in schools and broader education settings. It is also concerned with the outcomes of such curriculum including subsequent social and environmental implications.

Contexts include: school and community based outdoor education, wilderness and camp programs, outdoor environmental education, and personal development programs.

Focus Area Staff
Ecological literacy / sustainability in schools  
Outdoor environmental education curriculum and practice Andrew Brookes,  Kathleen PleasantsAlistair Stewart
International representations of OE  

Professional issues in Outdoor Education and Nature Guiding

The professional focus of the School's research comes as a consequence of its undergraduate and postgraduate courses in outdoor education, nature tourism, and outdoor environmental education. Issues within this focus include: professional accreditation pathways, burnout of employees in the profession, experiential facilitation skills, and safety management issues.

Focus Area Staff
Safety management Andrew Brookes

Experiential facilitation

Professionalism in outdoor education  
Outdoor leadership Sean Murray

Further information

Higher Degrees Research Administrator
Outdoor and Environmental Education Research
Telephone: +61 3 5444 7559
Email: research-edu@latrobe.edu.au