Research and Community Programmes
The Centre undertakes research and innovative outdoor education programme development linked to personal learning, improved health and well-being, community development and environmental sustainability.
EOE Conference Proceedings
Landscape, Youth and Outdoor Education: What are we doing? What should we be doing?
17-20 Sept 2008, Trinity University College, Carmarthen, Wales, UK.
The Centre for Outdoor Education Research (Trinity University College, University of Wales) in partnership with the European Institute for Outdoor Adventure & Experiential Learning (EOE)
The DADS programme is a jointly funded widening access programme between the Ty Hapus Community Centre in Carmarthenshire, WAG funded Genesis project and Trinity University College.
The DADS outdoor programme at Trinity University College is a ten week community based programme (4 x 1/2 days and 2 x full days) aimed at breaking down barriers to higher education for under-represented groups such as single fathers. It makes use of indoor facilities and local outdoor sites to introduce the skills and competencies required of an outdoor facilitator whilst developing participants’ communication, planning, teamwork and self-esteem. A key objective of the programme is to establish a sustainable link between Trinity University College and under-represented groups through its recreational, community based, and part/full time portfolio of courses.
The DADS programme is directed by Dr Andy Williams
The SOLO research project is a pilot investigation into the unstructured/emergent learning that occurs during a three day solo experience. The project challenges the notion that solo experiences should be facilitator led (preparation/focus/reviewing) and adopts an approach in keeping with ‘letting the mountains speak for themselves’.
Solo Camping (pdf)
The research is being undertaken by Dr Andy Williams
Environment - Sustainable Outdoor Practice
Dr Glenda Tinney and Dr. Louise Emanuel
An investigation into how the relationship between outdoor education students and their landscapes has potential implications for sustainability education.
An action research project aimed at facilitating environmental and nature based learning in a mountain walking expedition programme.
Sense of Place
Sense of Place (pdf)
Mr. Conway Davies
An investigation into the cultural heritage of the landscape and its impact upon student learning.
Informal Learning and Outdoor Education in Wales
The role of outdoor education as an informal approach to learning is being researched by Dr. Nichola Tucker-Welton with financial support from the Welsh Assembly Government. The research is ongoing and more information is available at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous Projects in the Community:
Landscape, meaning and identity in Wales (2007-2008)
Gwendraeth Valley Outdoor Community Development Project (2007)
Trinity Adventure Group Project (2006-8)
Carmarthenshire Summer Activities Project with Llandysul Paddlers (2006)