Despite the increasing bodies of research and policy that highlight the educational, social, and health benefits of outdoor learning in the development of young people, many educators are not well placed to support this form of learning.
Taking a multi-disciplinary approach, Learning Across the Curriculum is designed to give you the tools with which to teach and learn across the curriculum in an outdoor context. It will provide you with an initial step towards incorporating outdoor learning into your current or future teaching career. The course does not aim to train you as an outdoor specialist, but aims to provide some understanding of the benefits, processes, and skills related to learning in the outdoors.
Through practical exercises in curriculum planning and teaching in outdoor contexts, you will have the chance to experience outdoor education in context and assess the impact on your learning. The course will involve exploring the richly-storied human and ecological landscape that is Edinburgh’s Water of Leith. Aspects of the course content are driven by students’ unfolding curiosity about the history, geography, mathematics, and science that they encounter on their journeys through Edinburgh.
In terms of educational policy, the course reflects the recommendations of Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning. The ways in which theory and policy inform practice is a dominant theme of the course and reflects both in the theory and practical teaching of the course.
Learning outcomes for the Learning Across the Curriculum: on Foot Through Edinburgh course offered at The University of Edinburgh
By completing this course, students will be able to:
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The course will involve exploring the richly-storied human and ecological landscape that is the city of Edinburgh. Aspects of the course content are driven by students’ unfolding curiosity about the history, geography, mathematics, and science that they encounter on their journeys through Edinburgh.
The course will culminate with student-led outdoor teaching sessions. Although the course will be taught primarily by the course organiser, other staff with outdoor learning expertise may contribute to specific sessions.
The teaching contact time is 36 hours over three weeks. This comprises practical sessions, lectures, and workshops.
Students will be expected to complete relevant readings and assignment tasks in their own study time.
Students will spend a considerable amount of time learning, exploring, and teaching outdoors in both built-up areas and green-space. Appropriate clothing and footwear is crucial.
You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
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