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Outdoor & Environmental Studies Units 1 & 2 Planning and Implementing. Accredited 2006 to 2009 Experiential learning underpins course Minimum of 20 hours per semester (6 hours is a day). Naturalist approach Interpreting environments. Unit 1: Understanding Outdoor Experiences

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Outdoor & Environmental StudiesUnits 1 & 2Planning and Implementing


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  • Accredited 2006 to 2009

  • Experiential learning underpins course

  • Minimum of 20 hours per semester

    (6 hours is a day)


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Decide on trips based on

the following:

  • Budget

  • Activities/experiences you can undertake

  • Staff

  • Extended vs. Day activities

  • School calendar


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Choice of trips gender issues

  • to journey through an environment,

    eg. rock journeys rather than climbing

  • trips which encourage self-sufficiency,


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  • coastal activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving, sea kayaking, rockpool rambling, sailing, surfing, coastal walking (perhaps a combination) with a focus on the journey to observe hydrology, coastal formations, marine and coastal wildlife and vegetation, human-nature relationships.


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The activities should allow students to develop: impact surveys

  • personal critiques of human-nature relationships

  • ways of knowing nature (which are not primarily science-oriented)

  • a sympathetic understanding of nature


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assessment impact surveys

  • school-based decision

  • not reported to VCAA

  • can be: grades

    • descriptive assessments

    • other indicators


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Unit 1.Understanding Outdoor Experiences impact surveys

  • Area of Study 1: Motivations for Outdoor Experience

    • Nature

    • Motivations

    • Human responses –fear

    • Media portrayals

    • Risk

    • Planning for safe participation

    • Minimal impact


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Area of Study 2: Humans and Nature impact surveys

  • Valuing nature eg. as a resource, for adventure

  • Experiential knowledge of nature

  • Access issues

  • Effect of technology on individuals


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Unit 2 impact surveys Area of Study 1Discovering NaturalEnvironments


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  • Types and characteristics of environments impact surveys

    eg. Alpine, grassland

    Interrelationships between biotic and abiotic

    e.g marine life and water

    Effects of natural changes. eg. day/night, seasons, tides, fire, drought

    Land features,eg. public/private land

    Practical skills


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Area of Study 2 impact surveys

  • Impact of conservation, recreation, commerce on natural environments

  • Minimising and managing human impacts

    eg. zoning, regulations

  • Codes of conduct

  • Impact of technology on

    natural environments

  • Impact of urbanisation


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