EDF5169 - Outdoor education in the secondary years A - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Jodi Evans


Jodi Evans

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


Major in outdoor education including environmental studies and outdoor recreational activities; and current Emergency First Aid Level 2 certificate


Enrolment in D3001 BEd(Hons), D3002 to D3009 BEd(Hons)(Secondary doubles), D6001 MTeach




This unit is part A of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part B (EDF5170).


This unit prepares pre-service students to teach school outdoor education from Years 7 to 12. Drawing on a range of Australian and international research, the unit introduces students to the historical, philosophical, experiential and environmental foundations of outdoor education and explores how these shape professional practice and student learning. Working collaboratively and independently, students develop competencies and skills in professional knowledge and professional practice. They reflect critically upon their experiences of learning, leading and teaching in outdoor education, and apply their understandings, knowledge and skills in planning for teaching and learning in a range of contexts and settings, including where possible the use of information and communication technologies (ICT). The unit enables students to pursue a critical research agenda in outdoor education, enabling them to become critically reflective and informed professionals. They also learn how teachers plan for and undertake educational projects and research as part of their ongoing professional development.


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

  1. demonstrate and explain the historical, philosophical, experiential and environmental foundations of outdoor education
  2. critically inquire into the purposes and rationales for teaching outdoor education in the curriculum
  3. develop content, design and plan lessons, units of work and curriculum that are developmentally appropriate, and that meet the needs of diverse learners in a multicultural world
  4. demonstrate and develop knowledge of a range of resources and teaching/learning activities which support student learning and engagement
  5. critically reflect upon and evaluate their teaching experiences in outdoor education in a school environment.


Reflective and negotiated tasks inquiring into and drawing on a practicum experience (2000 words, 50%)

Outdoor education resource development (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 24 contact hours per semester
  2. Additional requirements:
    • independent study to make up the required minimum hours per semester

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