Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education

The Palgrave International Handbook of Women and Outdoor Learning

Editors: Gray, Tonia, Mitten, Denise (Eds.)

  • Includes an international line-up of contributors from Australia, Norway, the UK, the US, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Canada
  • Analyses critically the discourse around the status of women in Outdoor Learning Environments  
  • Describes a range of case studies exploring women's relationship with outdoor learning
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This Handbook serves as a starting point for critical analysis and discourse about the status of women in outdoor learning environments (OLEs). Women choose to participate actively in outdoors careers, many believing the profession is a level playing field and that it offers alternatives to traditional sporting activities. They enter outdoor learning primarily on the strength of their enthusiasm for leading and teaching in natural environments and assume the field is inclusive, rewarding excellence regardless of age, gender, socioeconomic status, disability, or ethnicity. However, both research and collective experiences in OLEs suggest that many women feel invisible, relegated, marginalized, and undervalued.  In response to this marginalization, this Handbook celebrates the richness of knowledge and practices of women practitioners in OLEs. Women scholars and practitioners from numerous fields, such as experiential outdoor education, adventure education, adventure therapy, and gender studies, explore the implications of their research and practice using poignant examples within their own disciplines. These insights emerge from similar life experiences as women and outdoor leaders in the 1970s to the present. Social inequalities still abound in OLEs, and the Handbook ensures that the contributions of women are highlighted as well as the work that needs to be done to make these spaces inclusive.
Global in perspective and capacious in content, this one-stop volume is an indispensable reference resource for a diverse range of academics, including students and researchers in the fields of education, psychology, sociology, gender studies, geography, and environment studies, as well as the many outdoors fields.

About the authors

Tonia Gray is Senior Researcher at Western Sydney University's Centre for Educational Research, Australia. She has been involved in outdoor education for over 30 years as a researcher, practitioner and curriculum developer, and in 2014 received the prestigious Australian Award for Excellence in University Teaching.
Denise Mitten is Graduate Chair of Adventure Education at Prescott College, USA, and is internationally recognized for her scholarship in outdoor and environmental pedagogy, and ethics and leadership.

Reviews

“This much needed work – based on women’s voices – took my own perceptions of women and outdoor learning to the next level … . This book looks at the ordinary and every day through which have emerged extraordinary stories of resilience, happiness and heartache, sometimes all at once. … I invite all people working in outdoor learning environments to seek out this book, open to the first page, and embrace the adventure that follows.” (Heidi A. Smith, Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education, July, 2018)
“As a male in a profession perfused with male hegemony, this book has opened my eyes to the many profound – yet often unnoticed – thoughts, feelings and contributions of female colleagues. It is a waymark along the path towards further maturation that all involved in our profession will continue to journey.” (John Quay, Associate Professor in Education, University of Melbourne, Australia)

“This important book is a first class and comprehensive volume for students and scholars to explore the narratives of power, oppression and equality associated with women outdoors. This book will help university students and the outdoor profession to re-story its future so that a heightened sense of gender awareness and the cultural shift needed can be woven into the fabric of the outdoor profession. At last it has been written!  Thank you.” (Mark Leather, Senior Lecturer in Outdoor Adventure Education, Plymouth Marjon University, UK)

“Unconscious bias in a male constructed field like the outdoors needs constant attention as both men and women are affected by it. I have been part of teams and committees that worked hard to achieve ‘balance’ only for it to slip away once it was achieved. The bias, present in both men and also, surprisingly to me, women, does not go way. It needs our constant effort. This book is a major contribution to just that.” (Chris Loynes, Reader in Outdoor Studies, University of Cumbria, UK)

“This book has challenged my good intentions around and helped to expose my misconceptions of gender issues in the outdoors. It has moved me closer toward a much-needed understanding of the issues and challenges women face. It’s an absolute must read for those who wish to better understand the gender bias that favours men in outdoor education.” (Tom G. Potter, Associate Professor, Lakehead University, Canada)

“Gray and Mitten’s edited book provides perspectives about women in the outdoors. It emphasizes the ongoing need to hear women’s voices and normalize their contributions. Although inroads have been made and the playing field often is perceived as level, the ongoing need is to celebrate and challenge gender equality and equity in the outdoors.” (Karla A. Henderson, Professor Emeritus of Leisure Behavior, Gender & Diversity, and Organized Camping, North Carolina State University, USA)

“That this book needed to be published is an indictment of the outdoor education sector; that it has been published is a triumph.  The International Handbook of Women and Outdoor Learning should be required reading for all outdoor educators.” (Simon Beames, Senior Lecturer in Outdoor Learning, The University of Edinburgh, UK)

“I commend Tonia and Denise for bringing to us this exceptional handbook that connects and inspires generations of women in the outdoors. This is a timely book, twenty years after Karen Warren's 1996 book Women's Voices in Experiential Education, to rekindle a conversation that was almost forgotten.” (Susanna Ho, Assistant Director for Outdoor Education and Safety, Ministry of Education, Singapor)

Table of contents (44 chapters)

  • Nourishing Terrains: Women’s Contributions to Outdoor Learning Environments

    Gray, Tonia (et al.)

    Pages 3-17

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  • Let’s Meet at the Picnic Table at Midnight

    Mitten, Denise

    Pages 19-34

  • Thirty Years on, and Has the Gendered Landscape Changed in Outdoor Learning?

    Gray, Tonia

    Pages 35-53

  • Outdoor Education: Threaded Pathways to Belonging

    Allen-Craig, Sandy (et al.)

    Pages 55-73

  • Elder Women Speak of Outdoor Learning and Experience

    Blades, Genevieve

    Pages 75-93

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eBook 190,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-53550-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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Hardcover 238,16 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-53549-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Palgrave International Handbook of Women and Outdoor Learning
Editors
  • Tonia Gray
  • Denise Mitten
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-53550-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-53550-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-53549-4
Series ISSN
2524-6445
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XLI, 924
Number of Illustrations and Tables
91 b/w illustrations
Topics