Academic journal article Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education

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Academic journal article Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education

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Pleasants, Kathleen (2008). Tracing consequences: Reading a review of research on outdoor learning.

Master of Outdoor and Environmental Education


The study examines the purposes and roles of research reviews within outdoor education by reflecting on a specific example (see Rickinson, Dillon, Teamey, Morris, Choi, Sanders, and Benefield, 2004). Complementary methods of interrogating texts are explored concurrently (see Cherryholmes (1993) and Foster and Hammersley (1998)).

Drawing on a range of parallel and intersecting conversations the study highlights a lack of debate about the role of research within outdoor education in Australia and contends that this silence illustrates a continued and concerning divide between research and practice.

The study discusses the implications of the textual interrogation methods chosen for producing meaning from research documents such as A review of research on outdoor learning (Rickinson et al., 2004) while applying a critical feminist framework to the reading in order to illuminate some of the conceivable consequences of the research review in question. Reading pragmatically in the manner suggested by Cherryholmes (1993) serves to illuminate the author's preferred reading disposition while accentuating the many other voices that may or may not be heard within research writing.


Professor Noel Gough

La Trobe University, Australia


Institution: La Trobe University, Australia

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