The Possibilities of “Doing” Outdoor and/or Adventure Education in Physical Education/Teacher Education

in Journal of Teaching in Physical Education
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Physical education has a long association with teaching outdoor and/or adventure education (OAE). As physical education teacher educators, with a special interest in teaching OAE, we wanted to examine perceptions of models based practices in physical education/teacher education.


This manuscript; explores and critiques a range of national and international perspectives on models based practices in OAE; challenges what stands for teaching OAE in PETE; and offers suggestions for future practice and research. Method: Papers were selected through a systematic review methodology.

Data analysis:

Using a process of inductive analysis and constant comparison we identified two main themes: Ways of doing this in PE and Ways of doing this in PETE.


Future recommendations include the pedagogical relevance and importance of understanding the socio-cultural context, the challenge of adventure education being a controlled orchestration and the need to pedagogically change the key of this orchestration, and employing innovative methodological approaches to further explore these issues.

Sutherland is with the Dept. of Human Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Legge is with the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

Address author correspondence to Sue Sutherland at
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