What Could a Victorian 7-10 Outdoor Education Curriculum Look Like? Your Input Required

Friday 27th May
Session 7
1.40pm – 2.30pm
Room: TBA
Education & Outdoor Learning 

Currently outdoor education does not exist as a learning area within the Victorian Curriculum F-10. This is despite many years of advocacy from academics, teachers and peak bodies alike. The “Outdoor Education in the Victoria Curriculum Project” is a joint initiative of Outdoors Victoria, ACHPER, the ROSA network and Victorian universities. Discussions began, involving VCAA, back in 2018, with the aim of doing background work in readiness for any future review of the Victorian Curriculum. To date, the group have developed a draft curriculum document that is proposed to sit as an option in years 7-10 (distinct from PE and Health), within the current Health and Physical Education Learning Area – in the same way that Visual Communication Design does within The Arts. In this interactive panel discussion, members of the working group will share key aspects of the project, as it has unfolded since 2018, and present the current curriculum draft in order to seek your feedback, with the aim of continuing to improve this curriculum draft.

happy person in the Outdoors with tree and mountain landscape in the background

Dr. Josh Ambrosy

Federation University

Josh is a lecturer in the School of Education at Federation University, his teaching interests include outdoor education and professional practice. Josh’s research focuses on alternative models of teaching and learning in middle years education. Josh has worked in several P-12 school contexts across Government, Independent and Catholic sectors. Josh has been actively involved in OV for several years including a time on staff. He also has strong links to both Environment Education Victoria as the previous vice-president and ACHPER Victoria including receiving an ACHPER Honour award in 2020.

Josh will be joined by John Quay, Andrew Monson, Greg Schneider & Sandy Allen-Craig