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Landscapes of Belonging: Systematically Marginalized Students and Sense of Place and Belonging in Outdoor Experiential Education
by Goodman, Cecil, M.A., Prescott College, 2017, 218; 10278854
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative case study explores the intersection of social justice pedagogy and Outdoor Experiential Education (OEE) sense of place and belonging curriculum. The purpose of this study was to gain a comprehensive understanding of, and engage in critical analysis of how students systematically marginalized by race, ethnicity, and/or class experienced sense of place and belonging in OEE. Data was collected through in-depth interviews of OEE Students and Interns of Color, and White OEE field instructors at one program site, as well as through the critical textual analysis of program materials. Theoretical and conceptual frameworks for this study used Critical Race Theory, critical multiculturalism, the cultural construction of the Outdoors, and core concepts from OEE scholarship. Data analyses revealed existing institutional and curricular inequities in OEE for Students of Color. To address these systemic inequities, findings supported the adoption of social justice pedagogy across the field of OEE. Specific recommendations for future practice as a result of the research included the implementation of equity and inclusion trainings for field instructors, professional development programs for OEE field instructors and administrators of Color, and the development of curriculum across the field of OEE to understand the implications of the cultural construction of the Outdoors in order to better serve a racially and ethnically diverse OEE student population.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Affolter, Emily
Commitee: Hammer, Zoe, Santo, Beverly
School: Prescott College
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Environmental education
Keywords: Adventure education, Critical multiculturalism, Culturally responsive pedagogy, Multicultural education, Outdoor education, Social justice
Publication Number: 10278854
ISBN: 978-1-369-78830-3
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