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Eyes Wide Shut: A History of Blindness Towards the Feminine in Outdoor Education in Australia

  • Carol Lee Birrell
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)

Abstract

Thirty years ago, the author entered the field of outdoor education, was bruised, and then demanded an alternative to traditional “eyes wide shut” approaches, one that would admit female ways of being. It was a vision of a different way of knowing and learning in the bush that acknowledged an attentive response to one’s surroundings, created time and space for stillness and silence, with a view of humans as an integral part of the natural world, not humans wishing to dominate or control Nature. Through a single-sex lens, each place provided its own store of transformative potential of what females could do unshackled from the demands of narrow “macho” curriculum imperatives.

Keywords

Gender Outdoor education Girls’ education Wilderness Adventure Curriculum Feminism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carol Lee Birrell
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  1. 1.CoogeeAustralia

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