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Special Issue "Outdoor Education for Sustainability"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Education and Approaches".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2022) | Viewed by 1106

Special Issue Editor

Department of Biology, Chemistry and Home Economics, Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Interests: science education; biology education; education for sustainable development; environmental values and behaviour; outdoor education; system thinking; eye-tracking technology; nature conservation; ecosystem services

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Outdoor teaching and learning experiences with comprehensive pedagogical approaches contribute to the understanding of sustainability, but it is still not entirely clear how, when, and why outdoor education motivates learners to care for and act on behalf of nature. This Special issue aims to challenge the traditional view of education for sustainability that conceives nature as natural resources and services to be consumed sustainably. Instead, it aims to present a preposition of education that perceives nature as intrinsically valuable and as a means to life-changing experiences.

With this Special Issue titled "Outdoor Education for Sustainability", we aim to promote the exchange of experiences and insights. We invite theoretical and research-based contributions that take a critical look at the practice of outdoor education, rooted in the search for intimate connection and reunion with the world and its everyday complexities—contributions that would focus on meaningful nature experiences, value-based learning, comprehensive pedagogical approaches, methodological tools for evaluating outdoor education, etc. The ultimate goal is to help learners "build a sense of oneness and intimacy with nature through learning that is local and vernacular and that fosters an empathetic and emotional bonding with place" (Selby, 2017, p. 20).


Selby, D. (2017). Education for Sustainable Development, Nature and Vernacular Learning. Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal7(1), 9-27.

Prof. Gregor Torkar
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • outdoor education
  • sustainability
  • pedagogy
  • significant nature experiences
  • place-based education
  • value-based learning
  • care for nature
  • evaluation

Published Papers

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