Academic journal article Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education

Editorial

Academic journal article Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education

Editorial

Article excerpt

Welcome to another issue of the Australian Journal of Outdoor Education where it is our pleasure to bring you four refereed papers, and two book reviews. This edition features some 'first time in AJOE' authors and some seasoned contributors. Together, their papers provide thought provoking reading across a diverse range of topics of interest and relevance to outdoor education professionals.

First up, Mike Brown questions the effectiveness of some experiential learning processes in outdoor adventure programs. From a socio-cultural theoretical foundation, and drawing on literature in that field, Mike raises some issues for outdoor education theorists and practitioners to ponder. In my opinion, the continued development of outdoor education as a profession will be influenced by our willingness to engage with these important conversations and our ability to establish a sound, defensible theorectical foundation for our practice.

The second paper, by Deirdre Slattery, uses a case study of bushwalking access in one of our iconic Australian National Parks to explore the issue of land management. This paper reminds us that an understanding of the environmental histories can add value to the learning experiences that outdoor education teachers are able to provide in specific places.

The next paper by UK team Barbara Humberstone and Ina Stan addresses the issue of well-being in outdoor education at the primary school level. …

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