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Outdoor education in Swedish compulsory schools: A case study
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Sport and Health Science.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this essay is to investigate and display the present position of outdoor education

in Swedish compulsory schools. In doing so the focus lies on teachers’ and researchers’

perspectives on the current situation and the influence of a teacher’s personal interest in the

general process of implementing outdoor education as a teaching technique. Next to an

intensive literary and national curriculum research, the inquiry draws on the concept of habitus,

by Pierre Bourdieu, to analyze interview transcripts from qualitative interviews with four

participants who implement outdoor education in their teaching practice. Findings suggest that

there is a strong dependence between a teacher’s personal

outdoor habitus and teachers

teaching habitus

when it comes to implementing outdoor education as constant teaching

technique. Nevertheless, is it emphasized that there is neither a need to be an outdoor specialist,

nor to change a teacher’s personal

habitus towards an outdoor habitus by training, when aiming

to work with pupils outdoors on a regular basis. In fact, it is discussed that it is more important

to focus on the

teaching habitus and provide future, as well as in-service, teachers with a

practical training and useful toolbox for a proper implementation at school. Issues such as

safety, feasibility, collaboration and the general circumstances at the respective school, seem to

be key factors within this discussion aiming to identify the options and values of outdoor

education for the whole curriculum. In this essay challenging and supporting factors, as well as

potential initiatives for using outdoor education as a constant teaching technique in the future

are discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
Keyword [en]
Swedish concepts of outdoor education, Swedish compulsory schools, habitus.
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-26291OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-26291DiVA: diva2:1141936
Available from: 2017-09-18 Created: 2017-09-18

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