Faculty of Education

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Phillip Payne


This unit is Part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with Part A (EDF4885).


This unit prepares students to teach school outdoor education from Years 7 to 12 with a particular emphasis on VCE Outdoor Environmental Studies. The unit will critically introduce students to the historical basis of the outdoor education curriculum and how these shape contemporary professional practice and student learning. It will encourage students to reflect critically upon their experiences of learning and teaching in outdoor education, and will be used to develop and refine their educational philosophy. Students will be provided with opportunities, in class and via related professional experience (teaching practicums) to consolidate their content knowledge, develop curricula and refine their pedagogic skills relevant to teaching in secondary schools.


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

  1. explain the historical, philosophical, experiential and environmental foundations of outdoor education curriculum
  2. examine and justify the distinctive purposes and rationale for teaching VCE outdoor environmental studies
  3. critically reflect on their beliefs, attitudes and experiences of outdoor education with regard to developing an educational philosophy appropriate to curriculum inquiry and critique
  4. develop, design and plan lessons, units of work and curriculum content appropriate for outdoor education,
  5. critically examine the impact of contemporary issues on policy, curriculum and pedagogy that impacts upon outdoor education
  6. develop, discuss and incorporate specific assessment practices that are appropriate for outdoor education
  7. critically assess their professional readiness and needs to effectively understand and successfully implement key curriculum documents in outdoor education in a school environment.


Assessment Task 1: Assessment 1 (2000 words, 50%)
Assessment Task 2: Assessment 2 (2000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Average per week of 2 - 3 hours contact plus approximately 15 hours in self-directed study


EDF4885 Outdoor education in the secondary years A or EDF4114 Health, outdoor and physical education


EDF4422 Outdoor education