Shifting perspectives on research in the outdoors

Authored by: Emily Coates , Alan Hockley , Barbara Humberstone , Ina Stan

Routledge International Handbook of Outdoor Studies

Print publication date:  November  2015
Online publication date:  November  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138782884
eBook ISBN: 9781315768465
Adobe ISBN: 9781317666523


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What is cutting edge in research methodologies in one discipline may be either unacceptable or thought of as ordinary in others. Approaches to understanding and making sense of material and social phenomena are changing continuously through critical reflection and practice. In outdoor studies, there is a variety of methodological approaches influenced by various schools of thought. We are not concerned here with research from positivistic perspectives using quantitative methodologies. There is insufficient space here. Certainly, as Sparkes and Smith (2014, p. 1) point out, there is considerable growth in qualitative forms of research across ‘psychology . . . and social and health sciences’, disciplines from which outdoor studies draws and that, reciprocally, can be informed by credible research from outdoor studies’ fields.

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