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Educational potentials of encounters with nature: reflections from a Swedish outdoor perspective
Karlstads universitet, Karlstad, Sweden.
Örebro University, Department of Education. (SMED i)
2010 (English)In: Environmental Education Research, ISSN 1350-4622, E-ISSN 1469-5871, Vol. 16, no 1, 113-132 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Direct encounters with the natural environment have a long tradition in environmental education. Given that the role and character of these encounters are shaped by the approach taken to environmental or sustainability education, there is a risk that a shift towards pluralistic and political approaches will lead to a neglect of nature encounters. On the basis of an analysis of Swedish/Scandinavian outdoor and environmental history and current Swedish outdoor education practice, we suggest six potentials of encounters with nature: (1) an experience-based meaning of nature; (2) a relational ethical perspective; (3) the addition of a fourth perspective to sustainable development; (4) human ecology in practice; (5) sensing the quality of a simple life; and (6) democracy, identity and dwelling. We argue that these potentials widen the scope of environmental and sustainability education, while highlighting the need for a situated, dynamic and process-oriented concept of nature, rather than a static one in which nature is understood as a particular place or specific organisms.

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: Routledge, 2010. Vol. 16, no 1, 113-132 p.
Keyword [en]
Environmental education, sustainability education, outdoor education, friluftsliv, environmental history, nature experience
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Pedagogy
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-9912DOI: 10.1080/13504620903504065ISI: 000276343900007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-77956252595OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-9912DiVA: diva2:302181
Available from: 2010-03-04 Created: 2010-03-04 Last updated: 2017-02-15Bibliographically approved

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