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Education Outside the Classroom is the generic term used to describe curriculum-based learning and teaching that extends beyond the four walls of the classroom…. Ministry of Education. (2009). EOTC bringing the curriculum alive – learning safely (p. 4). Liz Thevenard Faulty of Education

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Education Outside the Classroomis the generic term used to describe curriculum-based learning and teaching that extends beyond the four walls of the classroom….Ministry of Education. (2009). EOTC bringing the curriculum alive – learning safely (p. 4)

Liz Thevenard

Faulty of Education

Victoria University of Wellington

Email: liz.thevenard@vuw.ac.nz


Pohutukawa Tree provides a metaphor


Key Components – Branches

  • Blends pedagogy and practice

  • Building a class ethos of working together knowing each other, trust, caring and collaboration

  • Curriculum and interdisciplinary connections

  • Sustainability: environmental projects and critique

  • Outdoor experiences: bush, rock, river and sea

  • Underpinned: by connections – people, community, culture, history, nature, adventure, risk and challenge and appreciating place.


Vision and philosophy – Roots

  • Experiential Learning

  • Authentic contexts – multi discipline approach

  • ‘Placed Based Education’

  • Sustainable, accessible, local communities, low cost

  • Sequenced to build confidence and competence

  • Personal and social development: educating the person as well as the prospective teacher

  • Safety – learning safely

  • Learning as a journey – Life long

  • Adventure, challenge and risk.


So what! What did students teachers say?

  • Team building, experiences and ethos built a very close knit group – long term

  • Confidence in own abilities, mentoring and support

  • Sequenced learning provided guidelines

  • Application of ideas in class settings

  • Made learning fun and memorable

  • Reviewing offered insightful perspectives

  • Students contributions enhanced experiences

  • Residency great success and put the years work into practice.


What now! Case Study Applied

Adapted and applied in school using Achievement Standards (A.S.)

Achievement Standards 2.7

plan, apply and review leadership strategies in a group or team physical activity

Achievement Standards 2.8

demonstrate knowledge of safety issues and apply safety management procedures in a physical activity

What did the students say – The photos tell the stories.


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