Research blog

Research blog

Here, I will be recording my developing research writings. These are part retrospective and part looking to the future. After a life time in outdoor learning, I am eager to pass on some of my insights, and just as interested in developing my ideas and thoughts. I have been greatly influenced by colleagues here in … Continue reading

On Becoming Outdoors  … and the implications for working with young people:  A Journey of Reflection

On Becoming Outdoors … and the implications for working with young people: A Journey of Reflection

Paper presented at the EOE Conference, Stockholm, June 2013 How do people come to define themselves as outdoor people? How can I support colleagues so that they can become outdoor people? Is it important for the future that we nurture outdoor people?  My starting supposition is that when people identity themselves as ‘outdoor’, they will … Continue reading

Developing Open Spaces: Using a Community Development Approach

Paper presented at the EOE Conference at Derwent Water, Cumbria October, 2012 “When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.’ ” (Lao Tzu) The role of the outdoor educator is multifaceted. As a freelance consultant and researcher, with experience in play and youth work as well as community development, … Continue reading

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship: 2001

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship: 2001

Outdoor Education for Women: Journeying Gently Through Australia: Making Connections with Nature. In 2001, I travelled to Australia on a Churchill Fellowship. My Fellowship was an inspiration. Colleagues and friends told me that I walked around with a smile on my face for weeks. It confirmed that I am not alone in recognizing that some people … Continue reading

Connecting Through Creativity: A Reflective Account

Paper presented at the EOE Conference in Metsakartano, Finland, October, 2011 I imagine I share with everyone here an enthusiasm for being outdoors in nature. The opportunity for an adrenaline rush or the unexpected peak or frontier experience seals my passion. As I reflect on my many experiences in the outdoors, I am aware of … Continue reading