Reinterpreting the ‘Professional’-isation of Outdoor Education in the Context of Higher Education

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I have been a senior lecturer in philosophy of education in a self-described ‘entre-preneurial’ university on the Hertfordshire-London border (UK) since 2014. In the early stages of my career, my main work focussed on philosophy of education, within a school of education that prioritised teacher education as its main work and source of ‘income’. My main teaching area focussed on philosophical studies in education, not initial teacher training. Subsequently my interests broadened and I started a part-time PhD alongside full-time work in environmental aesthetics and educational journeying at a university in Edinburgh. More recently, I have under-taken strategic roles in curriculum development. In 2021 I led a degree validation for a set of postgraduate programmes for inclusive outdoor environmental education in urban and peri-urban environments in the East and South-East of England. The programmes are designed using socio-ecological justice principles and enable stu-dents to undertake authentic learning experiences by making social contributions inside and outside of the university. My research and practice-based enquiries have focussed on student-staff partnership in higher education (HE), HE and engaged democratic citizenship, and the neglect of attending to the body in learning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReflections on Identity
Subtitle of host publicationNarratives from Educators
EditorsNeil Hopkins, Carol Thompson
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-46794-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-46793-6, 978-3-031-46796-7
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2024


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