Call for papers for themed edition of the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning 2014
Title: Space, Place and Sustainability and the Role of Outdoor Education
Robbie Nicol, Peter Higgins and Hamish Ross, School of Education, University of Edinburgh
If the warnings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (2007) are to be heeded then we cannot escape the evidence that indicates that as a species human beings are living lifestyles that are, in the long term unsustainable. One educational response from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) proclaimed that 2005-2014 was to be the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development stating that “all levels and forms of existing educational and teaching and learning programmes need to be reviewed and re-oriented to address the causes and consequences of climate change” (UNESCO, p. 1). The evidence that supports these claims can be interpreted as the need for a transition from unsustainable ways of living to more sustainable ways. This call for papers seeks to explore the question “does outdoor education have any specific, or special role, not just in addressing climate change, but in environmental sustainability in general?”
A brief overview of recent scholarly activity in peer-reviewed outdoor education journals shows a steady flow of contributions that position outdoor education and environmental sustainability together. What is common to these contributions is that they all state, or imply, that much more work still needs to be done to broaden and deepen thinking in this area. Furthermore, all believe that the full potential of outdoor education in this area has yet to be realised. Consequently, the purpose of this call for papers is to stimulate those working in this field, and new contributors, to further enhance scholarly activity, and in particularly to explore any ‘special’ contribution that outdoor education might make. We are looking for papers that explore the question, “in what ways can experiences in the outdoors contribute to the transformation of self and society that environmental sustainability calls for”? The intention that underpins this call for papers is to challenge, broaden and deepen current thinking. The editors welcome contributions that are philosophical, empirical or theoretical.
Contributions are invited before April 30th 2013 and should be submitted in the usual way to the journal as they will be subject to the normal rigorous process of peer review (see www.tandf.co.uk/journals/jaeol ). However, those wishing to be considered for inclusion in the themed issue should indicate this clearly on their submission. It is intended to produce the themed edition during 2014. It is hoped that some of those accepted papers may be published as iFirst by December 2013 meeting REF deadline. Articles of high quality that are not able to be included in the themed edition may, with the authors’ agreement, be published in other issues of the journal.