Faculty of Education

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Philip Payne


This curriculum specialism unit aims to prepare students to teach outdoor education both in the field and in the classroom. The historical, philosophical and pedagogical foundations of outdoor education will be examined with a focus on teaching and curriculum unit development. A range of curriculum and pedagogical issues relevant to the delivery of outdoor education in schools via VCE Outdoor and Environmental Studies and outdoor education within Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) will be examined. Students are expected to be able to demonstrate the ability to critically reflect upon their teaching practice.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. to plan curriculum units of study within a school setting
  2. implement effective strategies for classroom and field based teaching
  3. demonstrate knowledge of issues relating to the management and resourcing of the subject within a school setting
  4. demonstrate knowledge of the philosophical and historical development of Outdoor Education
  5. demonstrate knowledge of the VCE Outdoor and Environmental Studies and outdoor education within VELS
  6. develop an appreciation of the curriculum issues unique to Outdoor Education
  7. demonstrate the ability to critically reflect upon their teaching practices in Outdoor Education in a school environment.


This unit is graded Pass Grade Only (PGO); Assessment task 1: Essay (2,000 words; 50%).Assessment task 2: Portfolio (2,000 words: 50%). Hurdle requirements: A minimum attendance requirement for classes of 80% for On-campus students.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

3 hrs per week


One year of study in Outdoor Education, which includes environmental studies and outdoor recreational activities, and (EDF4114 Health, outdoor and physical education or EDF5482)


Students must be enrolled simultaneously in a professional experience unit(s).