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Curriculum Perspectives

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 145–149 | Cite as

Outdoor learning: not new, just newly important

  • Tonia GrayEmail author
Point and counterpoint

Over 25 years ago whilst writing my doctoral dissertation, Bert Horwood’s observation resonated deeply: “schooling is inordinately absorbed with information; information which was often dated, usually irrelevant to students and unavoidably ephemeral” (1993, p. 46). More recently, the same rhetoric is being discussed as I listened to Richard Fidler on Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) Radio Conversations program (Fidler 2016). In response to NAPLAN standardised testing, a very weary and dispirited teacher Gabbi Stroud (2016) relayed her frustrated message: “I’m more valuable as an assessor, an examiner, a data collector”.

Collectively, these two statements hit a truth bell and fuelled the content of a recent workshop I gave at the annual Australian Curriculum Studies Association conference (Gray 2017a). Exasperated conversations like these, are not rare in educational circles. They pepper the dialogue in staff rooms, school hallways, and professional development days across the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Educational ResearchWestern Sydney UniversityPenrithAustralia

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