Mr Lucas

Mr Lucas Bester

Teaching Scholar

Lecturer in Outdoor Environmental Education, First Year Coordinator

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Education

Department of Outdoor and Env. Education

Ironbark Centre: Room 2.13c, Bendigo

Qualifications

B.Arts - Outdoor Education (LTU) 1998, Dip.Ed. (LTU) 1999, M OEE (LTU) 2013

Role

Academic

Membership of professional associations

Board Member of Victorian Outdoor Education Association 2011 - ongoing, Committee member of Outdoors Victoria - Education 2012 - 2015

Area of study

Environmental education
Outdoor education

Brief profile

Lucas joined the Outdoor Environmental Education department at La Trobe University in 2011 and teaches in a range of subjects both practical and philosophical.  He draws on his own experience in Primary and Secondary school environments to guide students as they themselves become educators. He has extensive experience as a teacher in the field, in river and bush environments, and a comprehensive knowledge of Victorian bush and river habitats. 

Digital Learning Strategy Innovation Grant 2016 - Augmented Interactive Mapping Sandbox

Teaching Scholars Development Programme 2017

Teaching units

Connecting Landscapes - Subject Coordinator

Teaching and Programme Development - Subject Coordinator

Teaching Bush Environments - Subject Coordinator

Outdoor Living and Travel Skills - Subject Coordinator

Australian Culture and Land

River & Wetland Environments

Consulting

OEE Programme Development

Recent publications

REFEREED ARTICLES & BOOK CHAPTERS

Bester, L., Muller, G, Munge, B., Morse, M., & Meyers, N. (2017). Those who teach learn: Near-peer teaching as outdoor environmental education curriculum and pedagogy. Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education. 20(1), 35-46.

Bester, L. (2015). ‘Safety Ltd. Inc.: Accident theory and the institutionalisation of outdoor education’ in M. Robertson, R. Lawrence, & G. Heath (Eds.), Experiencing the Outdoors: Enhancing strategies for wellbeing. Rotterdam: Sense Publishing

Blades, G. & Bester, L. (2013). Relationships within the shattered rainbow: A search for a pedagogy of attunement. Australian Journal of Outdoor Education. 17(1), 4-16.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Bester, L. (2017). Outdoors Victoria - Outdoor learning: A natural connection. 'Teaching Navigation in an Augmented Landscape' at the 2017 Outdoors Victoria Education Outdoors Conference. Bendigo, Victoria.

Bester, L. (2016). Outdoor Education Australia – Innovate - Educate - Celebrate. Near-Peer Teaching: Innovations in fieldwork pedagogy at the 2016 National Outdoor Education Conference. Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Bester, L. (2014). Outdoors Victoria - Growing our community of practice. 'Safety Limited: The political and social restraints of safety in outdoor education' at the 2014 Outdoors Victoria Outdoor Education Conference. Somers, Victoria.

Bester, L. (2014). Outdoor Education Australia - It's in our nature. 'Safety Limited: The social and cultural restraints of safety in outdoor education' at the 2014 National Outdoor Education Conference. Adelaide, South Australia.

Bester, L. (2014). Outdoor Education Australia - It's in our nature. 'Those who teach learn: Near-peer teaching in tertiary outdoor education' at the 2014 National Outdoor Education Conference. Adelaide, South Australia.

Bester, L. (2013). La Trobe University: Faculty of Education. 'Scattered Contributions: Teaching Tertiary Outdoor and Environmental Education' at the 2013 La Trobe University Faculty of Education Research Conference. Melbourne, Victoria.

Bester, L. (2012). Outdoors WA. Technology and Experience in the Outdoors - invited seminar. St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, Mosman Park, Western Australia.

Bester, L. (2012). Victorian Outdoor Education Association - The Next Step. 'Technology and Experience in the Outdoors' at the 2012 Victorian Outdoor Education Association State Conference. 15 Mile Creek, Victoria.

Bester, L. & Blades, G.(2011). La Trobe University: Faculty of Education. 'A Pedagogy of Attunement' at the 2011 La Trobe University Faculty of Education Research Conference. Bendigo, Victoria.

Bester, L. & Blades, G. (2011). Victorian Outdoor Education Association - Kids Outside: A Growing Need. 'A Pedagogy of Attunement' at the 2011 Victorian Outdoor Education Association State Conference. Lake Delwar, Victoria.

Bester, L. & Gilbert, P. (2006). Anthroposophical Society - Pedagogical Section: The Art of Educating the 21st Century Student. 'Outdoor Education and the 21st Century Student' at the 2006 Southern Hemisphere Steiner Teachers Conference. Christchurch, New Zealand.

 

Research projects

Ways that shape sustainable and ecological forms of education, with particular reference to place, time and relational pedagogies.