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Field of study

Outdoor education- educational sciences



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Master's, PhD


Outdoor education ‚Äď active pedagogies - social and educational inequalities ‚Äď educational sciences- didactics

The O√Įkos training programme draws¬†its inspiration from a multitude of pedagogical trends and educational science research¬†around the world. Its¬†foundations are rooted in various¬†educational initiatives, particularly¬†those¬†that have emerged in Scandinavia, Canada, Australia and France, where¬†outdoor¬†education has gained recognition over the years. The evolution of outdoor¬†educational practices and the promising¬†results of interdisciplinary¬†research have helped to shape¬†this course, giving¬†it an international dimension.

O√Įkos training is¬†constantly¬†enriched by the most¬†recent¬†discoveries in the field of educational sciences. It is¬†distinguished by its¬†approach, which¬†focuses on the needs and aspirations of the participants, who come from a variety of educational backgrounds.


This three-week course aims to harmonise two essential types of expertise: that of scientific research and that of the field. To achieve this, it offers a varied set of resources, including video clips, evaluation tools, online discussion forums and much more.

The course is structured to provide a total of 36 hours of work, comprising synchronous and asynchronous sessions. The synchronous sessions will enable real-time exchanges, while the asynchronous sessions will allow learners to progress at their own pace.

In conclusion, the O√Įkos training course represents a unique opportunity to merge theory and practice in the field of outdoor¬†education, based on a solid¬†foundation of international research. It invites schools to embark on a stimulating¬†educational¬†adventure, conducive to reflection and experimentation, with the aim of revitalising¬†educational practices by anchoring¬†them in the outside world

Main topics addressed

Outdoor education

Learning outcomes

Here are the specific objectives we aim to achieve:

РTo establish a historical and geographical overview of outdoor education, highlighting the different manifestations and developments of this educational approach over time and in various geographical contexts.

– Correlate the participants’ preconceptions¬†with the findings of scientific¬†research. We¬†will¬†seek to identify the benefits, levers and constraints¬†associated¬†with¬†outdoor¬†education, by encouraging¬†critical¬†reflection¬†based on evidence.

РDevelop critical thinking among participants on the basis of constraints and levers.

– Present Bernard Rey’s socio-cognitive misunderstandings, the teacher¬†effect, the school¬†effect and the class effect.

РPresent the analysis grid developed by Roland Goigoux (2021), based on the five focal points. This analysis grid will enable us to deepen our understanding of teaching practices linked to the outdoor school, focusing on the most relevant aspects.

РDevelop a critical mind by providing you with an analytical grid that will enable you to make a rigorous and informed assessment of practices and ideas linked to outdoor education.

РPlan and design a lesson involving learning in French and/or mathematics using outdoor learning methods.

Language : French

Total workload : 36 hours

Requirements :

No requirements

  • ROLAND Elsa (Universit√© Libre de Bruxelles)

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