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Adventurous learning: a pedagogy for a changing world

Adventurous learning: a pedagogy for a changing world

Beames, Simon, author; Brown, Mike, author

Adventurous Learning interrogates the word 'adventure' and explores how elements of authenticity, agency, uncertainty and mastery can be incorporated into educational practices. It outlines key elements for a pedagogy of adventurous learning and provides guidelines grounded in accessible theory. Teachers of all kinds can adapt these guidelines for indoor and outdoor teaching in their own culturally specific, place-responsive contexts, without any requirement to learn a new program or buy an educational gimmick. As forces of standardization and regulation continue to pervade educational systems across the globe, both teaching and learning have been starved of creativity, choice and 'real world' relevance. Many teachers are keen to improve their practice yet feel constrained by the institutional structures within which they work. By carefully examining adventure and its role in education, teachers can become better able to design and deliver engaging programs that are underpinned by sound pedagogical principles, and which have deep and enduring meaning for their students

eBook, Electronic resource, Book. English. Electronic books.
Published London: Routledge, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: Simon Beames and Mike Brown
ISBN: 1315736489, 9781138831650, 9781315736488
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xix, 126 pages) : illustrations
Subject: Adventure education.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Dawson Books. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form.


  1. Contents
  2. Foreword
  3. James Raffan
  4. Introduction
  5. Meanings of adventure
  6. Socio-cultural backdrop
  7. Adventure Education, Rationalization and Commodification
  8. Authenticity
  9. Agency and Responsibility
  10. Uncertainty
  11. Mastery through Challenge
  12. Adventurous learning: Weaving the strands together
  13. References

Author note

Simon Beamesis a senior lecturer in Outdoor Learning at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Mike Brownis a senior lecturer the Department of Sports and Leisure Studies, Waikato University, New Zealand.