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The Role and Place of Outdoor Education in the Australian National Curriculum

The Role and Place of Outdoor Education in the Australian National Curriculum

Tonia Gray & Peter Martin

Australian Journal of Outdoor Education Vol 16(1) pp 39-50


As Australia heads into a new era of implementing a National Curriculum, the place of Outdoor Education in Australian schools is under question. In the initial drafts of the National Curriculum, Outdoor Education has been marginalised. The authors propose that Outdoor Education should maintain a strong role, especially as processes of experiential learning are applied across the curriculum. Moreover, Outdoor Education offers distinctive content and learning experiences that would be lost in the current draft framework. This paper considers the role and place of Outdoor Education in the National Curriculum and frames possible considerations, challenges and risks.



Outdoor Education; National Curriculum; health; physical education; nature and well-being