Out There Learning: Critical Reflections on Off-Campus Study Programs
Universities across North America and beyond are experiencing growing demand for off-campus, experiential learning. Exploring the foundations of what it means to learn "out there," Out There Learning is an informed, critical investigation of the pedagogical philosophies and practices involved in short-term, off-campus programs or field courses. Bringing together contributors’ individual research and experience teaching or administering off-campus study programs, Out There Learning examines and challenges common assumptions about pedagogy, place, and personal transformation, while also providing experience-based insights and advice for getting the most out of faculty-led field courses.
Divided into three sections that investigate aspects of pedagogy, ethics of place, and course and program assessment, this collection offers "voices from the field" highlighting the experiences of faculty members, students, teaching assistants, and community members engaged in every aspect of an off-campus study programs. Several chapters examine study programs in the traditional territories of Indigenous communities and in the Global South. Containing an appendix highlighting some examples of off-campus study programs, Out There Learning offers new pathways for faculty, staff, and college and university administrators interested in enriching the experience of non-traditional avenues of study.
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- Page Count: 296 pages
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"Out There Learning poses fundamental questions about the nature of education in the twenty-first century, especially at a time in which the virtual has brought new challenges and possibilities to the fore. The editors and authors invite us to ponder on the rationale and consequences of field schools on peoples and places and to be aware of the potential for perpetuating neoliberal arrangements that have permeated higher education, bringing a slew of ethical questions about motivations, methods, and implications."
Hélène B. Ducros
Europe Now Journal, April 2020
"I am stunned, inspired, and in admiration of the work and thoughtfulness that has gone into Out There Learning. From the selection of contributors, to the range of topics and disciplines covered, to the depth of the theoretical discussions, this is undoubtedly a significant contribution to the literature on short-term off-campus experiential learning programs. The various perspectives on transformational learning are rich and offer some of the best, and most rigorously informed, discussions of transformational learning for study abroad that I have seen."
Rebecca Hovey, Dean of the Office for International Study, Smith College
"Out There Learning makes several important contributions to the field through its coverage of a diverse range of disciplines, types of fieldwork, evaluation, and outcomes. Most importantly, it provides an overview of research on the transformative potential of short-term off-campus programs from both cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, examining several theoretical advances and practical challenges."
Kate Lloyd, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning, Macquarie University
"A welcome contribution to literature on off-campus programs, Out There Learning will help instructors better design, implement, and evaluate student learning experiences."
Christian Brannstrom, Professor in the Department of Geography, Texas A&M University
Author InformationDeborah Curran is associate professor in the Faculty of Law and School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria.
Cameron Owens is associate teaching professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria.
Helga Thorson is associate professor and chair in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria.
Elizabeth Vibert is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Victoria. She is the author of Traders' Tales: Narratives of Cultural Encounters in the Columbia Plateau, 1807-1846 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2000).
Table of contents
SECTION 1: THE PROCESSES OF LEARNING OUT THERE
Where the past and present intersect …
"You cannot avoid all of this past, present, and future when it’s everywhere around you": Reflecting Relational Thinking in Field Study Experiences
Living in the moment ...
An Integrative, Thematic Approach to International Field Study Programs
Being part of something bigger …
The Enlivened Classroom: Bringing the Field Back to Campus
Nakanyike B. Musisi
There is no front of the classroom here …
Settlers Unsettled: Using Field Schools and Digital Stories to Transform Geographies of Ignorance About Indigenous Peoples in Canada
Heather Castleden, Kiley Daley, Vanessa Sloan Morgan, and Paul Sylvestre
Discovering traces of the past …
SECTION 2: IMPLICATIONS OF PLACE
Connecting with the community …
Outsider Education: Indigenous Law and Land-Based Learning
Live life with significance …
Putting Law in its Place: Field School Explorations of Indigenous and Colonial Legal Geographies
Mysteries remain …
Power in Place: Dilemmas in Leading Field Schools to the Global South
Elizabeth Vibert and Kirsten Sadeghi-Yekta
What you can’t get from a textbook …
SECTION 3: ASSESSING THE VALUE OF THE JOURNEY
Kuala Lumpur & Singapore Comparison I and II
Getting beyond "It changed my life": Assessment of Out-There Transformation
Janelle S. Peifer and Elaine Meyer-Lee
9:14 AM: Saturday, May 14, 2016
"The world moves through us" …
Jake Noah Sherman
Assessing Learning "Out There": Four Key Challenges and Opportunities
Cameron Owens and Maral Sotoudehnia
Embracing complexities …
Transformation in the Field: Short-Term Study Abroad and the Pursuit of Changes
Michael R. Glass
Education can be empowering …
Subjects and Courses