21 July 2017
Learning Across the Curriculum: On Foot through Edinburgh
Learning across the curriculum offers aspiring teachers the tools with which they can incorporate outdoor learning into their teaching and curriculum planning.
Despite increasing bodies of research and policy which highlight the numerous benefits of outdoor learning in the development of young people, many educators are unable to support this form of learning.
This interdisciplinary course is designed to combat this by helping educators understand how to teach and learn across the curriculum in an outdoor context. In terms of educational policy. The course reflects the recommendations of Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning (Education Scotland, 2010).
Learning across the curriculum does not aim to train students as outdoor specialists, but instead aims to provide them with some understanding of the benefits, processes and skills related to learning in the outdoors.
Rebecca Peacock and Simon Beames
2 years of undergraduate study
After completing this course, students will have developed a broader understanding of the concept of curricular outdoor learning, in particular: how outdoor learning can best be used in education; how the Curriculum for Excellence and outdoor learning may inform each other, and; pertinent safety issues relating to teaching groups of young people in outdoor settings. Students will also learn the key principles of experiential learning for teaching young people in outdoor (and indoor) contexts, and also important features of place and community-based education
The course will also enable students to further their skills in the areas set out below:
• be able to critically assess existing understanding and the limitations of their own knowledge and recognise the need to regularly challenge all knowledge
• search for, evaluate and use information to develop their knowledge and understanding
• be open to new ideas, methods and ways of thinking
• be independent learners who take responsibility for their own learning, and are committed to continuous reflection, self-evaluation and self-improvement
• be intellectually curious and able to sustain intellectual interest
• make effective use of oral, written and visual means to critique, negotiate, create and communicate understanding
• be able to flexibly transfer their knowledge, learning, skills and abilities from one context to another
• understand social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities and issues
10 credits or 5 ECTS or 2 US
GBP 1725: Tuition fees do not include accommodation
EUR : Various accommodation packages available. Prices range from £114-489 per week. Please check the University of Edinburgh Summer School website for further details.
Information can be found under 'Fees'.
Scholarships will be made available on the summer school website when announced