The role of ‘pracademics’ in education and development of adventure sport professionals

Loel Collins*, Dave Collins

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Abstract / Description of output

Understanding and exploiting the synergy between theory and practice lies at the heart of effective education for outdoor professionals. Accordingly, and in an attempt to stimulate debate, this paper conceptualizes the interaction between theory and practice in the context of the education of outdoor professionals. We identify issues specific to the often separated worlds of practice and academia. While acknowledging those distinct skills and competencies, however, we also explore a mid-role; that of the ‘pracademic’ or scientist–practitioner or practitioner scholar, considering behaviours that may encourage greater collaborative work to inform the process and implementation of the education of outdoor professionals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning
Issue number1
Early online date23 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2019

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • coach
  • guide
  • instructor education
  • leader
  • philosophy


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