Genevieve BladesHonorary Associate, Education School Operations
I joined the staff in the Department of Outdoor and Environmental Education in 2004. Prior to this, I taught extensively in Queensland, teaching outdoor education in Primary and Secondary schools as well as in the State Education Department's Outdoor Education Centre. Over that time I was involved with the advocacy and development of the outdoor education profession and helped write a curriculum guide for Outdoor Education in schools for the Department of Education in Queensland.
My postgraduate studies in Social Ecology enabled me to examine more extensively, human relationships with the environment, and their educational relevance. Drawing upon concepts from disciplines of environmental philosophy and cultural studies, this informs my teaching and ongoing research interests. I am near completion of my PhD which is exploring walking as sensory, embodied experience. The aim is to develop a walking pedagogy to incorporate in the OEE degree program.
My passions in the outdoors have included bushwalking, canoeing and rocklimbing. In more recent years, I am interested in the spiritual essence of being outdoors.
My community involvement includes being a member of the Board of Governance for the Daylesford Dharma School as well as involvement in local sustainability groups.