Quotation Lesk, Susanne, Gutmann, Markus. 2010. Intercultural Learning with Outdoor Training and Experiential Learning under the Perspective of Culturally Divergent Concepts of Nature. EOE Conference 2010. Encountering, Experiencing and Exploring Nature in Education, Rateče-Planica, Slowenien, 22.09.-25.09.


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This paper examines possible impacts of culturally divergent concepts of nature on intercultural learning situations conducted in an outdoor setting. It further investigates the relationship of the terms nature and culture and draws attention to the social constructionist approach of defining nature as a social and cultural phenomenon. Different concepts of nature have diverse implications for behavior. If concepts of nature are socially constructed and culturally bound, culture can be said to influence a person s relationship and attitude towards nature. Of course nature plays a major role in outdoor training interventions, because the action usually takes place in natural environment. This paper argues that specific approaches to nature can also be used for enhancing intercultural learning processes of persons and groups, as nature can be used for learning purposes that emphasize analogue elements of communication that are especially apt for intercultural dialogue.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Intercultural Learning with Outdoor Training and Experiential Learning under the Perspective of Culturally Divergent Concepts of Nature
Event EOE Conference 2010. Encountering, Experiencing and Exploring Nature in Education
Year 2010
Date 22.09.-25.09.
Country Slovenia
Location Rateče-Planica

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Lesk, Susanne (Details)
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Gutmann, Markus (Austria)
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Human Resource Management IN (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5000 Social Sciences (Details)
5813 School pedagogy (Details)
5814 Sport sciences (Details)
5821 Adult education (Details)
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