This essay outlines a place-based pedagogic method called Narrative Journey, developed by the author in his work at the Eden Project, United Kingdom. The essay describes the method in the context of children’s play and experiential learning in outdoor natural environments, and uses a critical and reflexive lens to describe praxis across two broad themes: story and mimesis, and story, place, and space. It also provides practical, theory-linked examples before concluding that Narrative Journey praxis can add support to children’s emotional connectedness to nature and outdoor experiential learning.
Tracking Trolls and Chasing Pixies: Stories, Creativity, and Children’s Outdoor Experiential Learning
Philip Waters is a doctoral student at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter Medical School, and Play Project Coordinator at the Eden Project, Cornwall, United Kingdom. With an interest in children’s fiction and a career of over 18 years working in various children’s environments, Phil’s research brings together play, narrative, and nature within a visual methodological framework that aims to develop critically a form of praxis called Narrative Journey. He is a keen writer, filmmaker, and story-maker, and enjoys bringing these elements together in his research with children. This work was funded by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007–13 and the European Social Fund Convergence Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
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Philip Waters; Tracking Trolls and Chasing Pixies: Stories, Creativity, and Children’s Outdoor Experiential Learning. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 September 2014; 3 (3): 239–263. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2014.3.3.239
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