The conference is a group of like-minded academics from around the world who gather every two years to share, in the most egalitarian way possible, outdoor research. The next conference will be hosted at the University of Cumbria, Ambleside, in the Lake District of England in July 2022.
Until the next conference we present this lead up Webinar Series. The conference committee intend this series of webinars from across the globe to bring us together as a community and create a new space for connection, conversation, inspiration, and joy while we wait for the next in-person gathering in July 2022.
Questions about this webinar series:
Threshold concepts for graduates of university outdoor education programs
Glyn Thomas, Scott Polley, Marcus Morse, Brendon Munge (and others)
April 12, 2021 – 7.00pm - 8.30pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) (UTC +10 hours)
In this session, researchers from Australian universities will share how they have been working together to develop a set of threshold concepts that can guide the curriculum and assessment in Australian universities. A number of research projects have been conducted to: establish and verify a set of Threshold Concepts, establish processes to assess them, and formulate innovate ways to describe and assess the skills, knowledge and experience to lead outdoor education activities. The session will also discuss some of the curriculum challenges around what employers want and what university programs should provide.Save my place
Social (in)equality and cultural diversity in the outdoors
Kirsti Pedersen Gurholt, Simon Beames, Imre van Kraalingen
June 15th, 2021. Time Zone: 4 pm to 5:30 GMT.
Research on the development of the Nordic welfare-states and its significance for sport, physical cultures, outdoor life and sustainability increase both outside and inside of the Nordic region (Tin, Telseth, Tangen & Guilianotti, Eds., 2019; Goga, Guanio-Uluru, Hallås, & Nyrnes, Eds. 2018). Why the Nordic countries over time are top-ranked on international classifications of countries as having the happiest population in the world and how Nordic peoples cope with covid-19 by visiting green areas, continue to trigger politicians and journalists worldwide. Besides, the political scientists Holst, Skjeie and Teigen (2019) claim that the Nordic countries are widely known for an active and comprehensive policy of gender equality, which is also discussed internationally as examples of “best practices”.
In this webinar, we will critically discuss social (in)equality and cultural diversity in the outdoors as it connects with recent research on friluftsliv. The first presentation will concentrate on a study of social inequality and public innovations to create justness in participation in friluftsliv among children and youth in Oslo (Gurholt, Torp & Eriksen, 2020). The second presentation will discuss perspectives on cultural diversities/similarities and change in friluftsliv within a Nordic context, and as approached within the joint Nordic Master in Outdoor Studies (Friluftsliv Studies ) (Gurholt & Haukeland, 2019).
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History and overview of “Outdoor Education” in the context of some Asian countries
Presenters: Dr MAETA Kazushi, Hokkaido University of Education (JAPAN); Dr Susanna Ho, Ministry of Education (SINGAPORE); Ms Ruth Feng CEO Jingle International Education (CHINA)
Organisers: TAKANO Takako, AOKI Kotaro, OKADA Masahiro, HARIGAYA Masako, HAMATANI Hiroshi, MAETA Kazushi
October 16, 2021 – 11am - 12:30pm; Time Zone: Japanese Standard Time (UTC +9 hours)
This session aims to provide a broad understanding about the roots, current situation and practices of "outdoor education" in selected Asian countries in the context of their cultures and traditions. Speakers from three countries are to be invited, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. It is important to note, that there are a wide variety of views and practices within each country and an individual speaker does not represent all the views, therefore we caution ourselves and attendees to not be tempted to over-generalise. Speakers are to be confirmed; tentatively from Japan, China, and Singapore.Save my place
Danish Children and Adolescents in the Outdoors
Soren Andkjaer, Erik Mygind, Soren Praestholm, Niels Ejbye-Ernst & Mads Bølling
November 4, 2021 – 4pm – 5.30pm Time Zone: GMT
In this webinar we will focus on children and adolescents and their active outdoor life and relation to nature. Research tells us that children in many parts of the world grow up spending less time outdoors compared with former generations. This is also the case in Denmark.
In recent years, a number of intervention studies have tried to change this development aiming to inspire children and adolescents to more frequent visits in natural environments and to be more active in the outdoors. The webinar will first provide a status on children’s use of nature and outdoors from a recent baseline survey including nearly 5.000 children aging 1 to15 years old.
Then intervention projects from three different arenas are presented: Day care that aims at increasing the use of the outdoor environment all year around; grade 3-6 pupils, who - on a regular basis - are taught outside the classroom; and adolescents involved in co-creation of outdoor recreation facilities to provide attractive places for leisure activities.
Researchers from University of Southern Denmark, University of Copenhagen, VIA University College and STENO Diabetes Center Copenhagen cooperate in the national network Children & Nature – Denmark. We use this webinar to report on these studies and invite to raise questions about this knowledge and how it might be of relevance/interest in other places/countries and other contexts.Save my place
The 9th International Outdoor Education Research Conference
Monday 18th (4pm start) - Friday 22nd (lunchtime) July 2022
The conference convenors are Chris Loynes and Heather Prince, both at the University of Cumbria.
Please note that for the IOERC- there is no central office for organisation, no membership body, and no membership fees, with each conference being hosted and organised by academic colleagues at one University.