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Pedagogical content knowledge and the teaching of outdoor education

Dyment, JE ORCID: 0000-0002-7960-5971, Chick, HL ORCID: 0000-0002-1126-0479, Walker, CT and Macqueen, TPN 2018 , 'Pedagogical content knowledge and the teaching of outdoor education' , Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, vol. 18, no. 4 , pp. 303-322 , doi: 10.1080/14729679.2018.1451756.

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This theoretical paper examines the concept of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) and explores how it might contribute to conversations around quality teaching and learning in outdoor education. This paper begins by summarizing the historical and contemporary literature, including issues of definitions, curriculum, content, and pedagogy in outdoor education. We then review the concept of PCK, its history, and contributions to other subject areas, including mathematics. We present a framework for PCK from the field of mathematics education and propose a 'modified' PCK framework for outdoor education. We postulate that this framework might help articulate knowledge areas needed by a teacher of outdoor education, and how these differ from and are similar to those required in other subject areas. We conclude by exploring how the idea of PCK and the modified framework might add to existing understandings of what it means to provide high quality outdoor education teaching and learning experiences.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Dyment, JE and Chick, HL and Walker, CT and Macqueen, TPN
Keywords: outdoor education, pedagogical content knowledge, teacher knowledge, teacher education
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1472-9679
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/14729679.2018.1451756
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© 2018 Institute for Outdoor Learning

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