Outdoor learning in higher education

Universities place great importance in developing the ‘whole student’.  This means a student who not only has excellent knowledge of their subject matter, but also the social and emotional skills that will enable them to put this knowledge into practice and engage effectively in the real world.

“Learning is experience.  Everything else is just information.”  Albert Einstein

To aid the development of the whole student, many degree programmes incorporate short, intense, outdoor residential courses into their curricula.  These courses typically involve a series of outdoor pursuit activities that test and develop students’ ability to work together, overcome challenges, solve problems, reflect and communicate effectively.

The aim of this research project is to investigate this unique outdoor environment, answering questions such as:

  • Do programmes result in transferrable outcomes with long-term benefits?
  • How can we measure such outcomes?
  • What are the personal and environmental processes that contribute towards learning and transfer?

Here are some of our publications so far:

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