Developing Place-responsive Pedagogy in Outdoor Environmental Education

A Rhizomatic Curriculum Autobiography

  • Alistair Stewart

About this book


This book is a rhizomatic curriculum autobiography that charts the author’s efforts to develop and promote Australian outdoor environmental education practices that are inclusive of, and responsive to, the places in which they are performed. Joining philosophical concepts created by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari with William Pinar’s autobiographical method for curriculum inquiry, the author (re)considers the interrelated concepts, contexts and complex conversations with colleagues, students and others that have shaped his approach to curriculum, pedagogy and research for fifteen years or more. Emphasising the complexity of developing curricula and pedagogies that engage, in a respectful and generative way, with the natural and cultural history of the Australian continent, the author explicates and enacts his attempts to think differently about the cultural, curricular and pedagogical understandings that inform the practices of Australian outdoor environmental educators.

Outdoor environmental education in Australia has historically been influenced by imported universalist ideas, particularly from the USA and the UK. However, during the last two decades a growing number of researchers in this field have challenged the applicability of such taken-for-granted approaches and advocated the development of curricula and pedagogies informed by the unique bio-geographical and cultural histories of the locations in which educational experiences take place. As this book demonstrates, Alistair Stewart is prominent among the vanguard of Australian outdoor environmental educators who have led such advocacy by combining practical experience with theoretical rigour.


outdoor environmental education outdoor environmental education pedagogy and curriculum Place-responsive Pedagogy rhizocurrere rhizomatic curriculum autobiography Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari William Pinar autobiographical method for curriculum inquiry Australian outdoor environmental educators Outdoor environmental education in Australia Rhizomatic natural cultural history pedagogy history and outdoor environmental education

Authors and affiliations

  • Alistair Stewart
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EducationLa Trobe UniversityBendigoAustralia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-40319-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-40320-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-4218
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-4226
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