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Friluftsliv och naturmöten i utbildningspraktik
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences.
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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro University , 2024. , p. 125
Series
Örebro Studies in Sport Sciences, ISSN 1654-7535 ; 40
Keywords [en]
Outdoor education, meaning making, motives, moral relations, Physical Education Teacher Education
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-110625ISBN: 9789175295374 (print)ISBN: 9789175295381 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-110625DiVA, id: diva2:1824848
Public defence
2024-03-15, Örebro universitet, Gymnastik- och idrottshuset, Hörsal G, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 13:15 (Swedish)
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Supervisors
Available from: 2024-01-08 Created: 2024-01-08 Last updated: 2024-03-04Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Motiv för undervisning i naturen i svensk skola
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Motiv för undervisning i naturen i svensk skola
2022 (Swedish)In: NorDiNa: Nordic Studies in Science Education, ISSN 1504-4556, E-ISSN 1894-1257, Vol. 18, no 3, p. 275-289Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The overall aim of this article is to contribute to a critical discussion about aims and goals of outdoor education in schools. The study examines motives for outdoor education in the national curricula in Sweden from the end of 19th century until today. The study relies on a discourse analysis methodology. Aspects of continuity and change connected to the identified motives are also included in the analyses. The results show that a scientific perspective on encounters with nature has dominated during the last hundred years. In recent years, more instrumental motives are expressed in the curricula, while students' personal experiences and feelings are less focused. © 2022 University of Oslo, Norwegian Centre for Science Education. All rights reserved.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Naturfagsenteret, 2022
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-105112 (URN)10.5617/nordina.8888 (DOI)2-s2.0-85147288260 (Scopus ID)
Note

Export Date: 20 March 2023; Article; Correspondence Address: Andersson, K.; School of health Science, Sweden; email: karin.andersson@oru.se

Available from: 2023-03-20 Created: 2023-03-20 Last updated: 2024-02-21Bibliographically approved
2. Moral relations in encounters with nature
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Moral relations in encounters with nature
2015 (English)In: Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, ISSN 1472-9679, E-ISSN 1754-0402, Vol. 15, no 4, p. 310-329Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The overall aim of this article is to develop in-depth knowledge about the connection between outdoor experiences and moral attitudes towards nature. The study focuses on processes in which moral relations are at stake in encounters between students and nature. The purpose is to identify such events, describe their specific circumstances and clarify how moral relations are established in these events. The empirical material consists of video-recordings of activities in three different outdoor education practices. In order to identify and categorise moral situations, an analytical tool called the ethical tendency is used. This tool is based on Wittgenstein’s language game method. The findings show that in the investigated outdoor education practices, moral relations towards nature are established in several different ways. The article concludes with four educational implications: responsibility when dealing with moral reactions; bring- ing ethical questions to the fore; different educational conditions create different encounters with nature; and the consequences of different language games. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge, 2015
Keywords
outdoor education, nature experience, nature connectivity, moral relations, ethical reflections, environmental concern
National Category
Pedagogy
Research subject
Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-44936 (URN)10.1080/14729679.2015.1035292 (DOI)000212207300004 ()2-s2.0-84942990656 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2004-2295Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
Note

Funding agencies:

Swedish Research Council 2004-2295 

Swedish Environmental Protection Agency 

Available from: 2015-06-17 Created: 2015-06-17 Last updated: 2024-02-21Bibliographically approved
3. The meanings of friluftsliv in Physical Education Teacher Education
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The meanings of friluftsliv in Physical Education Teacher Education
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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2023
Keywords
Outdoor education, friluftsliv, Physical Education Teacher Education, meanings and values of friluftsliv, transaction
National Category
Educational Sciences Sport and Fitness Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-105353 (URN)10.1080/13573322.2023.2187770 (DOI)000950679600001 ()2-s2.0-85150785713 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-04-11 Created: 2023-04-11 Last updated: 2024-02-21Bibliographically approved
4. Friluftsliv in Physical Education Teacher Education practice: its challenges, conflicting meanings, and negotiations
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Friluftsliv in Physical Education Teacher Education practice: its challenges, conflicting meanings, and negotiations
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-111789 (URN)
Available from: 2024-02-21 Created: 2024-02-21 Last updated: 2024-02-21Bibliographically approved

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