More than activities: using a ‘sense of place’ to enrich student experience in adventure sport

Leather, Mark and Nicholls, Fiona (2014) More than activities: using a ‘sense of place’ to enrich student experience in adventure sport. Sport, Education and Society, 21 (3). pp. 443-464. ISSN 1357-3322

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Abstract

There has been increasing interest in recent years in the significance of a sense of place in the literature of outdoor adventure education. In the UK relationships between outdoor education and the environment still appear largely focused on the science of the natural environment and the activity in question. In this paper we present empirical evidence from an action research project to demonstrate how a combination of formal and informal pedagogy in a higher education context can lead to a socio-cultural and historical understanding of place and enrich the learning experience of students when teaching the classical outdoor adventurous activity of sailing. The sport of dinghy sailing is a module within a Bachelor’s undergraduate degree in outdoor education and was taught from a small fishing town in Devon, England. We adopted an integrated and experiential critical pedagogy of place that allowed theory and practice, thought and action to be a holistic experience and this approach provided opportunities for informal as well as formal learning. This action research project used methods including: photo-elicitation, focus group interviews and evidence from the analysis of written student assignments. Our findings show that students discover a significance of the meaningful relationship between the socio-cultural history of where that activity takes place and the activity itself and that as a result their engagement in the learning and research process was enriched.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Outdoor adventure education, Sailing, Critical pedagogy place, Student experience
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Depositing User: Mrs Wendy Evans
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2016 10:22
Last Modified: 22 May 2019 11:52
URI: http://marjon.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/9301

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