Developing a place-based approach to outdoor education in Aotearoa/New Zealand

Funding year: 
2 years
University of Waikato
School sector
Project start date: 
January 2010
Project end date: 
March 2012
Principal investigator(s): 
Dr. Mike Brown
Research team members: 
Crispian Hills, University of Waikato
Research partners: 
Teachers and students from Mount Maunganui College and Ngaruawahia High School.

Project Description

Outdoor education is often thought of as occurring in remote locations requiring specialist staff and equipment. such an approach is resource intensive and potentially expensive. this project sought to develop ‘localised’ outdoor experiences that empowered teachers and students to better understand places of significance in their community. By being responsive to the geographical and cultural features in the local area both students and teachers were able to incorporate prior knowledge and experiences and connect these to life ‘outside school’.


Project Contact

Dr Mike Brown
Senior Lecturer
Department of Sport and Leisure Studies
Faculty of Education
The University of Waikato


Project Outputs



​Wattchow, B., & Brown, M. (2011). A Pedagogy of Place: Outdoor education for a changing world, Victoria, Australia: Monash University Publishing.