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Fiona Nicholls

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Education

01752 636700 Ext:4302

fnicholls@marjon.ac.uk


Fiona Nicholls

Role Summary

Fiona Nicholls is a registered outdoor adventure education practitioner with significant experience of planning and delivering degree-level programmes in higher education; and managing the delivery of high-quality outdoor education in the commercial and voluntary sector. she has an emerging and respected research background focusing on place-based learning and socially constructed relationships between risk and learning. Fiona is interested in developing an academic career that combines her passion for the delivery of high-quality outdoor adventure education and research informed practice.


Qualifications

  • MA Professional Studies (Outdoor Education)
  • PGCE Secondary Geology and Science Keele University
  • BSc Applied Science (Earth Science) Kingston University


Teaching

  • BA Outdoor Adventure Education
  • BSc Sports Development
  • BEd Physical Education
  • BEd Primary Education
  • BA Childrens Physical Education


Research

  • Evaluating risk in adventure
  • Place based adventure education
  • Socio-cultural and historical
  • Urban journeys outside the classroom'sense of place' in OAE


Publications

 

  • Nicholls, F. (2018) ‘Through the eyes of the beholder’: Using student led photo elicitation for ‘meaning making’ in outdoor educational research. European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning Seminar. “The Mediation of Experiences by Technology in the Outdoors: Opening or Loosing Connections with the World”; 19th -23rd September 2018 held at CSOD Bohinj, Slovenia.
  • Nicholls, F., Kinchin, G., Fewings. (2017) “Digging Up the Past” - An outdoor archaeological learning research project (KS2). European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning Seminar. “Outdoor Atmospheres and Narratives: Connecting young people to the world”; 28th June – 02nd July 2017 held at Plymouth Marjon University, UK.
  • The Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning team organisers of The European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning Seminar. “Outdoor Atmospheres and Narratives: Connecting young people to the world”; 28th June – 02nd July 2017 held at Plymouth Marjon University, UK.
  • Nicholls, F.(2016) Outside of my comfort zone, challenging the Comfort Zone Model. European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning Seminar. “Changing Horizons: Challenges to Outdoor Education in Europe”; September, 07 - 11th September 2016 held at The University of Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
  • Leather, M & Nicholls F (2015) More than activities: using a ‘sense of place’ to enrich student experience in adventure sport. The First International Conference on Education - INNOVATION - the role of informal education, including outdoor education in the education and development. Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Szczecin, Poland.
  • Nicholls, F (2014). Developing a socio-cultural historical sense of place: The Plymouth Breakwater Project. European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning (EOE) Seminar 2014, “Under the open sky: Supporting healthy lifestyle and relationship to nature and society through outdoor engagement in youth work -European perspective, hosted by Association of Nature and Outdoor schools (SNÚ), in cooperation with EOE and The Educational Research Institute of University of Iceland
  • Nicholls F & Leather M (2013) Enriching student learning: developing a socio-cultural and historical ‘sense of place’ using an experiential pedagogy. European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning Seminar “Urban nature: inclusive learning through youth work and school work”, 5th – 9th June 2013, held at The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences (GIH), Stockholm, Sweden.

 


Expert Membership of professional bodies

  • APIOL - Accredited Practitioner of the Institute for Outdoor Learning
  • FHEA Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Roles on external bodies

2017 - Present        Plymouth Youth Sailing Committee representing Plymouth Marjon University

2011 – Present        South West Regional Institute for Outdoor Learning Committee Member

2016 - 2018            European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning (EOE) Committee member


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