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Applied Research Readings 2010 - 2017

Education Outside the Classroom - Applied Research Readings 2010 - 2017

Shannon McNatty & Mike Boyes,
University of Otago
February 2017 

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Introduction (from the report)

This review provides a compendium of research literature relating to Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC). Material is identified that can positively influence outdoor education practice in pre-school, primary and secondary schools in New Zealand and to answer questions regarding learning outdoors through EOTC.

The literature is drawn from research reports and documents and academic and professional journals. The journals include the Australian Journal of Outdoor Education (later the Australian Journal of Environmental and Outdoor Education), Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, Journal of Experiential Education, Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership, the New Zealand Journal of Outdoor Education and others.

The articles are contemporary work published between 2011 and 2016.

This is not an exhaustive list nor are we considering the articles the ‘best’ work in the field; rather they are selected as they offer insights for practice. There are undoubtedly other articles that we are unaware of. If you come across such articles it would be appreciated if you could share them with us via EONZ.

The articles are clustered under key topic areas:

  • New Zealand and International research reports 
  • Key Books in EOTC
  • Theoretical concepts in EOTC 
  • Applied theory and practical approaches for teaching, learning and assessment in EOTC 
  • Leadership 
  • Treaty of Waitangi and Te Ao Maori in Outdoor Education 
  • International cultural perspectives in Outdoor Education 
  • Place-based Education 
  • Sustainability, and Environmental Education 
  • Risk and safety 


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