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The meanings of friluftsliv in Physical Education Teacher Education
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences.
The Swedish School of Sport andHealth Sciences, GIH Stockholm, Sweden; Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Elverum, Norway.
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1423-4233
2023 (English)In: Sport, Education and Society, ISSN 1357-3322, E-ISSN 1470-1243Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The aim with this article is to contribute knowledge about the meanings of friluftsliv in educational practice. This is done by investigating what friluftsliv becomes in the ongoing practices of PETE in Sweden and how these meanings are established in the studied activities. The empirical material consists of different kinds of material from friluftsliv activities in PETE programmes: study guides, field trip plans, students' vlogs from overnight stays outdoors, video recordings from two longer field trips, audio recordings from evening seminars during the field trips and students' written reflections after them. In order to identify meanings of friluftsliv and how these are established we used a transactional analysis based on Dewey. Five different ways of what friluftsliv becomes in PETE practice were identified in this study. The different meanings reflect the complex picture of contradictions and lack of common ground for the content and motives identified in the outdoor education field. Our study also confirms how the meaning of friluftsliv as skills is established by putting up tents, lighting fires, building wind shelters and so on, and how this contributes to a focus on the instrumental values in PETE. On the other hand, our study shows that other meanings of friluftsliv are established in the ongoing practice, where more intrinsic values are at stake even if they are often overshadowed in PETE practice. In conclusion the results also point to the potential of fritluftsliv in terms of a suggested move away from an activity-based personal and social development discourse in favour of experiences of educating for environmentally sustainable human-nature relations. The challenge is how to make these experiences educational in PETE and how to guide students in transforming experiences in more exclusive friluftsliv into pedagogical competence as future teachers using friluftsliv for different purposes in school PE.

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Routledge, 2023.
Keywords [en]
Outdoor education, friluftsliv, Physical Education Teacher Education, meanings and values of friluftsliv, transaction
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Educational Sciences Sport and Fitness Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-105353DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2023.2187770ISI: 000950679600001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85150785713OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-105353DiVA, id: diva2:1749795
Available from: 2023-04-11 Created: 2023-04-11 Last updated: 2024-02-21Bibliographically approved
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1. Friluftsliv och naturmöten i utbildningspraktik
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Friluftsliv och naturmöten i utbildningspraktik
2024 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The overall interest of this thesis is to contribute with knowledge about meaning making processes in educational encounters with nature in different educational practices. The exploration consists of four studies based on a pragmatic perspective on meaning making inspired by the works of John Dewey and Ludwig Wittgenstein. A discourse analytical approach is also used in the first study to analyse the curriculum documents. The result confirms that encounters with nature have a clear position in the curriculum documents, and friluftsliv is a prioritised content in PETE. It is further confirmed that the field of outdoor education is a field of conflicting meanings that pose significant educational challenges. Indeterminate situations occur and may influence students’ possibilities to transform the educational content in PETE to a school context. Another conclusion from the results is that instrumental meanings and a sportification of friluftsliv often get precedence over more emotional based meanings connected to nature. The results also show empirical examples where encounters with nature enable participants to create moral relations towards nature. This potential is highlighted in previous research as one of the most important in order to (re)connect our relation towards nature and in extension better conditions to deal with environmental questions.

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Örebro: Örebro University, 2024. p. 125
Series
Örebro Studies in Sport Sciences, ISSN 1654-7535 ; 40
Keywords
Outdoor education, meaning making, motives, moral relations, Physical Education Teacher Education
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-110625 (URN)9789175295374 (ISBN)9789175295381 (ISBN)
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2024-03-15, Örebro universitet, Gymnastik- och idrottshuset, Hörsal G, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 13:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2024-01-08 Created: 2024-01-08 Last updated: 2024-03-04Bibliographically approved

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