Beyond the campfire… reflections before, during and after

Beyond the campfire… reflections before, during and after


2:35 – 3:25 pm
Friday 14th of July

Room: Spotted Gum

Ian Neville
Tara Archbold
Alex Stokes

Reflective practices have evolved considerably over recent years. Yet there continues to be an element of cut and paste attached to our reflective custom. From sitting around a campfire to creative and innovative approaches, this interactive session will engage your cognitions as we discuss the importance of relationships, questioning, and triangulation to demonstrate the power of creativity and planning for improved reflective approaches.

About the Presenters

Ian is an experienced teacher educator, teaching Outdoor Education within both secondary schools and tertiary institutions, currently working as a Lecturer in Outdoor Recreation/Education at Victoria University. Ian has designed, developed, and delivered numerous Outdoor Education courses and programs and is committed and passionate about providing excellent teaching and learning opportunities. Ian is currently undertaking his PhD at Federation University Australia.

Alex is currently a student at Victoria University studying; Outdoor Education and Environmental
Science. His journey in the industry started with; a certificate III in outdoor recreation as a trainee,
progressing to certificate IV in outdoor recreation, again as a trainee. Alex has continued working as
a freelancer and a causal worker doing outdoor education journey programs with different
organizations throughout his study.
While studying, Alex has taken an interest in identifying and understanding how students best
transfer their sense of learning, and how as an educator can he put students in the best position to
do this.

Tara is currently completing her final year studying a Bachelor of Outdoor Leadership at Victoria
University. Through this Bachelor she has taken part in an internship with The Outdoor Education
Group, going into her second year with them, which entails her working with students aged between
13-16 from schools around Victoria, varying between hardtop camps that focus on community and
fun to journey based programs that instil resilience and leadership.  
Tara believes in a hands-on learning approach for students and that the Outdoors can be utilised to
better understand not only oneself, but overall help learn in an educational based sense if the proper
mechanisms are used to explore, wonder, and reflect.

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