Living in History: A Challenge for Non-Indigenous Outdoor Educators

Living in History: A Challenge for Non-Indigenous Outdoor Educators


9:20 – 10:05 am
14th of July

Room: Main Auditorium

John Quay

Celebrating the contributions of Brian Nettleton to outdoor education means being aware of our history, of how we came to be here. The same applies to considerations of the land, of the places we go during our programs. For non-Indigenous outdoor educators, the vast majority of us, awareness of how we came to be here, in these places, is not easily embraced in our teaching. In this Brian Nettleton Lecture I aim to explore some of the history of the past 200 years in Gippsland, the country of the Gunaikurnai, and reveal how we, non-Indigenous outdoor educators, need to ensure that we learn this history, to understand, as a prelude to informing our teaching.

About the Presenters

John Quay’s teaching career began working with a range of schools at OEG. He then taught at St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School in Warragul, as head of sport and outdoor education. John has completed graduate diplomas in educational administration and student well-being, as well as his MEd by research and PhD, at the University of Melbourne. His research and teaching build on a combination of his experience in schools and his endeavour to better understand education through philosophical means.

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