Geocoaching: memories and habits of learning in practices of ecopedagogy

Dunkley, R. A. and Smith, T. A. (2019) Geocoaching: memories and habits of learning in practices of ecopedagogy. Geographical Journal, 185(3), pp. 292-302. (doi: 10.1111/geoj.12295)

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Ecopedagogy, or place-based, experiential and environmental education, has become a critical part of contemporary environmental and geographic learning, in attempts to tackle perceived moral panics around childhood and environmental crisis. Drawing upon research with children taking part in a ‘summer club’ in the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Wales, this paper critically explores instances of ecopedagogy within the educational landscape of the National Park. We examine the moral geographies of ecopedagogy through our concept of geocoaching, which attempts to explicate the workings of embodied practices, or habits, interwoven with how personal and social memories are brought to bear in outdoor educational activities. We take three examples of geocoaching: a bug-hunt; a walk to a standing stone; and an outdoor filming and photography exercise, to explore how past, present and future selves and fields are co-produced by educators and children. In doing so, this paper questions the straightforward traceability between ecopedagogy, critical ecological consciousness, and future environmental stewardship.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dunkley, Dr Ria
Authors: Dunkley, R. A., and Smith, T. A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Pedagogy, Praxis & Faith
Journal Name:Geographical Journal
ISSN (Online):1475-4959
Published Online:03 February 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
First Published:First published in Geographical Journal 15(3): 292-302
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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