Confronting climate change through outdoor education: Exploring learning and teaching possibilities
11:30 am – 12:20 pm
Thursday 13th of July
Room: Aunty Dot Peters Auditorium
Climate change poses issues for Outdoor Education (OE) on multiple fronts. It challenges notions of business as usual by impacting program planning and the places we visit. Furthermore, the climatic scale of the issue provokes a potential reconsideration of the educational focus of our practice. Despite this, OE is yet to respond in any significant way to the climate crisis. In this presentation, we will workshop openings for confronting climate change through OE learning and teaching practices. We will discuss ideas for shaping teaching, learning and curriculum with climate in mind.
About the Presenters
Scott Jukes (PhD) is a lecturer in Outdoor Environmental Education at Federation University. His research explores pedagogical experimentation and ways of grappling with environmental problems. He has a passion for the river, mountain and coastal environments of south-eastern Australia and enjoys teaching and spending time in these places.
Robyn Fox is a lecturer in Outdoor Environmental Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Her research explores the impacts and opportunities of climate change within the outdoor environmental education sector. She has a passion for river and coastal environments and enjoys extended journeys in these environments with students, family and friends.
Sandra Wooltorton is a Professor with the Nulungu Research Institute at the University of Notre Dame Australia’s Broome Campus. She is a trans-disciplinary researcher, with a background in cultural geography and education, and a deep interest in applying Aboriginal philosophy to generate solutions to problems of society and the environment.