Turbulent times: Outdoor education in Great Britain 1993-2003

Peter Allison, John Telford

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Outdoor education has a long and well documented history in Great Britain which is regularly linked to Hahn, Gordonstoun School, and the Outward Bound movement. A kayaking tragedy in 1993 resulted in the introduction of new legislation through Parliament. This has led to major changes in outdoor education in Great Britain and extensive debates, which are only partially documented. This paper outlines some of these changes and offers readers references that direct them to more detailed information. In addition, some of the resulting trends and debates that have emerged in the aftermath of the tragedy are provided. The paper concludes by considering some implications for outdoor education as a profession and argues that outdoor educators in Great Britain ought to consider the value of becoming a profession before striving to become one. Finally, some suggestions are made as to why these reflections on’ turbulent times’ might be relevant to the field of outdoor education
in Australia and other countries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-30
Number of pages10
JournalAustralian Journal of Outdoor Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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