Through outdoor education: A sense of place on scotland's river spey

Brian Wattchow*, Peter Higgins

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

Outdoor education is often thought of as a series of adventurous activities or journeys through wild countryside, where the purpose is to build character, work on group development or to develop leadership capacity in young people. However, in recent years these dominant approaches have been challenged and it has been suggested that they tend to treat the outdoor environment as little more than a venue for human action - as an arena or a testing ground. There has been a notable shift towards considering the development of sustainable environmental relationships as a program focus and learning outcome in outdoor education. But there are few descriptions of what this actually means in practice. In this chapter we build on the theoretical discussions established in Chaps. 2 and 3 and describe an outdoor education program that is much more attuned to socio-ecological principles and where developing a sense of place is considered a pedagogical imperative. The story that follows details an educational encounter between staff, students, tourists, locals and the River Spey in Scotland.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Socioecological Educator
Subtitle of host publicationA 21st Century Renewal of Physical, Health,Environment and Outdoor Education
EditorsBrian Wattchow, Ruth Jeanes, Laura Alfrey, Trent Brown, Amy Cutter-Mackenzie, Justen O'Connor
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9789400771673
ISBN (Print)9400771665, 9789400771666
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2014

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Outdoor education
  • Pedagogy of place
  • Sense of place


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