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Developing Place-responsive Pedagogy in Outdoor Environmental Education

A Rhizomatic Curriculum Autobiography


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.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationLa Trobe UniversityBendigoAustralia

About the authors

Alistair Stewart, PhD, has worked in Outdoor and Environmental Education at La Trobe University for over two decades. During that time he has served as Head of Department and Course Coordinator, and has played an active role in the development of the pedagogy and curricula of the OEE programs. In 2014 he was recipient of a National award, ‘Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning’, from the Office of Learning and Teaching, Australian Federal Government, for innovative approaches to development of place-responsive pedagogy and curricula in the field of outdoor environmental education.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Developing Place-responsive Pedagogy in Outdoor Environmental Education
  • Book Subtitle A Rhizomatic Curriculum Autobiography
  • Authors Alistair Stewart
  • Series Title International Explorations in Outdoor and Environmental Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title International Explorations Outdoor Environmental Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-40319-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-40322-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-40320-1
  • Series ISSN 2214-4218
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-4226
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 189
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Environmental and Sustainability Education
    Educational Philosophy
    Curriculum Studies
    Learning & Instruction
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“This book is a must-read. It is an inspiring and thoughtful piece of work that all outdoor environmental educators (both practitioners and researchers) should take notice of. It experiments with concepts and reflects upon Australian stories of natural and cultural history, providing an assemblage as unique as the Australian landscape itself.” (Scott Jukes, Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education, Vol. 23, 2020)