The Palgrave International Handbook of Women and Outdoor Learning
We are excited to be contributors to 'The Palgrave International Handbook of Women and Outdoor Learning'. This new textbook presents a collection of essays from women across the globe who live, work and participate in outdoor learning environments. The essays focus on the ways women adventurers are rising up from having been marginalised in outdoor learning for centuries.
Our chapter, “Inspiring Adventurous Women Towards an Inclusive Future in Outdoor Learning Environments” attempts to present the soul of Travel Play Live; a magazine that represents the everyday women who are at the coalface of life, at home, at work and at play. It embodies the heartbeat of women’s adventure and shares a new narrative—one of diversity, passion, triumph, and change.
Women seeking adventure are more often than not, using the outdoors to look inward, to reconnect and make a difference in their worlds. The adventures often lead to a new mindset for these women.
Hopefully Travel Play Live and other like minded adventurers will continue to support female adventurers of all ages and sizes for the rest of the 21st century and beyond.
THE PALGRAVE INTERNATIONAL HANDBOOK OF WOMEN AND OUTDOOR LEARNING
Edited by A/Professor Tonia Gray, Western Sydney University and Professor Denise Mitten, Prescott University, Arizona
This handbook serves as a starting point for critical analysis and discourse about the status of women in outdoor learning environments (OLEs). Women choose to participate actively in outdoors careers, many believing the profession is a level playing field and that it offers alternatives to traditional sporting activities. They enter outdoor learning primarily on the strength of their enthusiasm for leading and teaching in natural environments and assume the field is inclusive, rewarding excellence regardless of age, gender, socioeconomic status, disability, or ethnicity. However, both research and collective experiences in OLEs suggest that many women feel invisible, relegated, marginalized, and undervalued. In response to this marginalization, this handbook celebrates the richness of knowledge and practices of women practitioners in OLEs. Women scholars and practitioners from numerous fields, such as experiential outdoor education, adventure education, adventure therapy, and gender studies, explore the implications of their research and practice using poignant examples within their own disciplines. These insights emerge from similar life experiences as women and outdoor leaders in the 1970s through the 80s and 90s to now, the 21st century.
Alignment of experiences helps shape the female narrative within each chapter and provides the book’s through line. Social inequalities still abound in OLEs, and the task of the book is to illuminate the contributions of women as well as the work that needs to be done to make these spaces inclusive.
Global in perspective and capacious in content, this one-stop volume is an indispensable reference resource for a diverse range of academics, including students and researchers in the fields of education, psychology, sociology, gender studies, geography, and environment studies, as well as the many outdoors fields.