Developing Outdoor Environmental Education Pedagogy Responsive to Australian Natural History with Gregg Müller

Part of the International Explorations in Outdoor and Environmental Education book series (IEOEE)


In this plateau, co-written with Gregg Müller, we suggest that learning about natural history experientially can be thought of as a type of reading, where understanding is developed by using particular skills, processes and content. In our experience, teaching and learning natural history involves the generation of knowledge and understanding through relating direct personal observations of aspects of the natural world to broader cultural and conservation issues. We therefore argue that teaching Australian natural history that reflects the particular social, cultural and environmental circumstances of the place in which it is undertaken requires pedagogical research and informed debate. In this plateau we highlight this neglected aspect of pedagogical research within Australian outdoor environmental education and discuss our experiences teaching natural history to undergraduate students to stimulate discussion and challenge researchers~educators to develop practices that are informed by the natural history of this continent.


Natural history Outdoor environmental education Naturalist 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationLa Trobe UniversityBendigoAustralia

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