Faculty of Education

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Ms Jodi Evans



  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit is part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part A (EDF5169).


This unit prepares students to teach school outdoor education from Years 7 to 12 with a particular emphasis on senior curriculum in Australia. Building on EDF5169 Outdoor education in the secondary years A, the unit further develops students' knowledge and understanding of the history of outdoor education curriculum in Australia and other countries and introduces them to relevant policy in these areas. Working collaboratively and independently, students consider how historical factors and current policy shape contemporary curriculum, professional practices and student learning. Students reflect critically upon their experiences of planning for and teaching outdoor education, and they develop their capacity to undertake limited research into outdoor education. This combination of activity enables them to develop and refine their educational philosophy, their leadership capacities and their abilities to meet the diverse educational needs of students in secondary school outdoor education programs.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. explain the historical, philosophical, experiential and environmental foundations of outdoor education curriculum, and the influence of educational policy on this
  2. examine and critically inquire into the purposes and rationale for teaching outdoor education in senior years
  3. critically reflect on their beliefs, attitudes and experiences of outdoor education with regard to developing an educational philosophy appropriate to curriculum inquiry and critique
  4. develop, design and plan lessons, units of work and curriculum content appropriate for outdoor education in a range of contexts and settings
  5. critically examine the impact of contemporary issues and policy on the development of curriculum and pedagogy in outdoor education
  6. develop, discuss and incorporate specific assessment practices that are appropriate for outdoor education
  7. critically assess their professional readiness and needs to effectively understand and successfully implement key curriculum documents in outdoor education in a school environment.


Critically reflective portfolio consisting of a range of research-informed tasks (2000 words, 50%)
Design of innovative and contemporary curriculum materials related to the teaching of outdoor education (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 24 contact hours per semester

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the required minimum hours per semester

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