Engagement with natural environments in Australia forms a significant part of growing up for many Australians whether in formal educational settings, organised leisure activities or through informal recreational experiences. It is also of interest for a growing number of overseas visitors wishing to experience Australia's unique natural environments. Learning in Outdoor Education examines the nature and significance of the learning that takes place through these experiences. While the unit aims to build knowledge and develop understanding of specific areas of natural significance, its principal focus is the theory and practice surrounding Experiential Education. It does this by examining two different, yet interrelated, modes of learning in and about natural environments through lectures about these places and by experiences in these places. During the course of the unit students will come to know the places they visit through distinctly different learning experiences provided by two field trips. There will be extra costs incurred in the field trips for this unit.
6x2-hr lectures/week for 6 wks, 6x1-hr workshop/week for 6 weeks, 2 field trips incorporating 2x1-hr workshops and 4x4-hr learning experiences
1500wd reflective task (30%) and media campaign (40%) and 1500wd application essay (30%)