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When fun is not fun: Environmental education and the outdoors.

What students say their field trips can be used to analyze the impact of outdoors activities on pupils, for comparisons with the classroom (an activity system on its own) are likely to arise in their talk. Drawing on activity theory and discourse analysis, we articulate curricular and instructional changes to help those involved in environmental activities outside school to benefit more from their co-participation in such activities. As we conclude that just being out there does not always guarantee a pleasurefull learning environment, we suggest means of altering the situation to favor students and teachers in benefiting from their experience.

Reis, G., Jayme, B., & Roth, W.-M. (manuscript submitted for publication). When fun is not fun: Environmental education and the outdoors.

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