This presentation will focus on identifying opportunities that exist to utilize the outdoors as a part of geography education. Geography teachers and practitioners are known as some of the best in using the outdoors to enhance teaching and learning outcomes; however, this field is rapidly evolving. Join this session to engage in conversations surrounding topics such as identifying opportunities for outdoor learning, structuring outdoor learning programs, and the benefits of outdoor learning programs before focusing on 20 – 40 activities that can be implemented within any curriculum. All attendees will receive a copy of a teaching toolkit dedicated to embedding outdoor learning into both elementary and high school education.
About the Presenter
Meet Luke Parker; after undertaking an undergraduate degree in teaching, he taught in various schools in Australia before moving into higher education. Parker was a lecturer at an Australian university for five years and developed a passion for research and teaching the use of the outdoors in education, in addition to being the project officer at Outdoors Victoria, leading grants dedicated to creating resources to embed outdoor learning in all Australian schools. In 2021 he moved to the University of Kansas to undertake a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, focusing on researching the use of Outdoor Learning within education, specifically investigating how many schools in the USA use the outdoors as a part of their everyday teaching and learning.
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