Category Archives: Debates

Great Adventures? Adventure learning theory

Simon Beames, lecturer in outdoor learning at Edinburgh University, presents a framework for adventurous learning that can be used to analyse your own teaching practices. “The trusty Oxford Concise  dictionary tells us that an adventure is an ‘unusual, exciting, or daring experience’. Scholars tell us its ‘outcomes cannot be predicted to any great degree’ (Higgins, 2001) and … Continue reading

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Risky Play and “The Overprotected Kid”

“The Overprotected Kid” “A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.” This is the title of a thought-provoking article by Hanna Rosin … Continue reading

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Outdoor Learning In A Class Of Its Own

A roundtable discussion on learning outside the classroom has been held recently by the Guardian newspaper. Participants agreed on a number of significant issues, including: “….all participants agreed on the benefits of outdoor learning. Field trips gave children the opportunity … Continue reading

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