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Dr Robbie Nicol

Head of the Institute for Education, Teaching & Leadership (ETL) / Senior Lecturer in Outdoor Education

Education, Teaching and Leadership (ETL)

robbie.nicol@ed.ac.uk

+44 (0)131 650 9793

Charteris Land (Rm 2.20)

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Publications

 

 

Chapters in books

Higgins, P, Nicol, R. Somervell, D and Bownes, M. (forthcoming). The student experience: campus, curriculum, communities and transition at the University of Edinburgh. In: The Sustainable University: Progress and Prospects, Eds. Sterling, S. Maxey, L. and Luna, H., Routledge

Nicol, R. and Higgins, P., 2011
Cecil Riddle BSc, PhD (1858-1932)
in Beyond Dewey and Hahn: Standing on the Shoulders of Influential Educators, Ed. Smith, T. & Knapp, C., New York: Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

Higgins, P. and Nicol, R., 2011
Professor Patrick Geddes (1854-1932) 'Vivendo discimus' - by living we learn
in Beyond Dewey and Hahn: Standing on the Shoulders of Influential Educators, Ed. Smith, T. & Knapp, C., New York: Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

Nicol, R. and Higgins, P., 2008
Outdoor education; the 'environment' or part of the 'environment'
in Other ways of learning, Ed. Becker, P. & Schirp, J., pp. 233-242, Marburg: The European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning 1996-2006.

Higgins, P. and Nicol, R., 2008  

Outdoor education in Scottish Education (3rd Edition) Beyond Devolution, Ed. Bryce, T. & Humes, W., pp. 540-545, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Higgins, P. and Nicol, R., 2002
Outdoor Learning in Theory and Practice
in Outdoor Education: Authentic Learning in the Context of Landscapes (Volume 2), Sweden: Kinda Education Centre.

Nicol, R. and Higgins, P., 2002
A Framework for the Evaluation Outdoor Education Programmes
in Outdoor Education: Authentic Learning in the Context of Landscapes (Volume 2), Sweden: Kinda Education Centre.

 

Edited Books

Beames, S., Higgins, P. and Nicol, R.  (2012)

Learning Outside the Classroom: Theory and Guidelines for Practice. New York: Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group.

Ed. Nicol, R., 2002
Three years of Outdoor Education (1999-2002) - An Evaluation of the European Union Funded Project 'Outdoor Education - Authentic Learning in the Context of Landscapes'.

Eds. Higgins, P. and Nicol, R., 2002
Outdoor Education: authentic learning in the context of landscapes volume 2. An international collaboration project supported by the European Union Comenius Action 2
Kinda Education Center: Sweden.

Eds. Higgins, P. and Nicol, R., 2002
Outdoor Education: Authentic Learning in the Context of Landscapes (Volume 2)
Sweden: Kinda Education Centre.

Eds. Higgins, P., Crowther, N., Nicol, R. and Meldrum, G., 2001
An Environmental Education Plan for the Island of Rum (NNR)
Perth: Scottish Natural Heritage.

 

Journal articles

Nicol, R. (submitted) Fostering environmental action through outdoor education (working paper). Educational Action Research

Nicol, R. (accepted)

Returning to the Richness of Experience: Is Autoethnography a Useful Approach for Outdoor Educators in Promoting Pro-Environmental Behaviour? Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning.

Nicol, R. (accepted)

Entering the Fray: The Role of Outdoor Education in Providing Nature-Based Experiences that Matter. Educational Philosophy and Theory.

Nicol, R. and Higgins, P., 2008
Outdoor education; in the 'environment' or part of the 'environment'
Environmental Education, Vol. 89, pp. 29-30.

Ross, H., Nicol, R. and Higgins, P., 2007
Outdoor study of nature: teachers' motivations and contexts
Scottish Educational Review, Vol. 39(2), pp. 160-172.

Nicol, R., 2003
Outdoor Education: research topic or universal value? Part three
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, Vol. 3(1), pp. 11-27.

Nicol, R., 2003
Teacher development: in-service training courses in Europe 1999-2003
Environmental Education, Vol. 73, pp. 14-16.

Higgins, P., Jarvie, G. and Nicol, R., 2002
Hunting and Hillwalking. Sporting Estates and Recreational Land use in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland
Culture, Sport and Society, Vol. 5 (1), pp. 53-70.

Nicol, R., 2002
Outdoor education: Research topic or universal value? Part Two
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, Vol. 2(2), pp. 85-99.

Nicol, R., 2002
Outdoor Environmental Education in the United Kingdom: a conceptual framework of epistemological diversity and its educational implications
Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, Vol. 7(2), pp. 207-223.

Nicol, R., 2002
Outdoor education: research topic or universal value? Part One
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, Vol. 2(1), pp. 29-41.

Published conference papers

Nicol, R, (2010). To Prey or Not to Pray?  This is the Question.  In: P. Becker, J. Schirp and C. Weber, (Eds) Water – space for experiences. Marburg: BSJ.

Nicol, R. and Higgins, P., 2005
Outdoor education; in the 'environment' or part of the 'environment'
in Old Traditions - New Trends, Ed. Humberstone, B. & Nicol, R., pp. 51-56, Proceedings of the 7th Conference of the European Institute of Outdoor Adeventure Education and Experiential Learning.

Humberstone, B. and Nicol, R., 2005
Old Traditions - New Trends
Proceedings of the 7th Conference of the European Institute of Outdoor Education and Experiential Learning, 16th-19th September 2004.

Humberstone, B. and Nicol, R., 2004
Outdoor education: in the 'environment' or part of the 'environment'
Old Traditions - New Trends Proceedings of the 7th Conference of the European Institute of Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning, 16th - 19th September 2004.

Nicol, R., 2003
Pillars of Knowledge
Whose Journeys? Where and Why, Buckingham Chilterns University, University College, 8-10 April 2002.

Nicol, R., 2003
Outdoor environment education and concept-based practice: some practical activities designed to consider the relationship between people and place
in Sharing, Diversity & Building, Up European Networks, Ed. Becker, P. & Sack, C., Proceedings of the 6th European conference of EOE, Czarnocin, 4th-8th October 2003.

Nicol, R. and Higgins, P., 2003
Perspectives on the Philosophy and Practice of Outdoor Education in Scotland
Outdoor Recreation - Practice and Ideology from an International Perspective, Umea, Sweden, 2-6 September 1998.

Nicol, R. and Higgins, P., 2002
Nature and People: Current Outdoor Education Practice in Scotland and its Potential for Environmental Education
International Conference on Nature & People, Scottish Natural Heritage, Pitlochry, November 2002.

Electronic publications

Nicol, R., 2003
www.speygrian.org.uk/robbie.html

Reports for external bodies

Christie, B., Higgins, P. and Nicol, R. (2009). An Evaluation of the Greenways Initiative. Paper presented at Environment, Well-being & Healthy Lifestyle. Conference, Stoke-on-Trent.

Nicol, R., Higgins, P., Ross, H. and Mannion, G., 2007
Outdoor education in Scotland. A summary of recent research
Perth & Glasgow: Scottish Natural Heritage & Learning and Teaching Scotland.

Nicol, R., Higgins, P. and Ross, H., 2006
Outdoor Education: the views of providers from different contexts in Scotland
Dundee: Learning and Teaching Scotland.

Ross, H., Higgins, P. and Nicol, R., 2006
Recognition of young people's achievements in outdoor learning activities. Final report. Outdoor Connections research programme.

Higgins, P., Nicol, R. and Ross, H., 2006
Teachers' Approaches and Attitudes to Engaging with the Natural Heritage Through the Curriculum
Perth: Scottish Natural Heritage.

Nicol, R., Higgins, P., Goodyear, M. and Ross, H., 2006
Working with Local Authorities to deliver first-hand experience of the natural heritage through the formal education sector
Perth: Scottish Natural Heritage.

Higgins, P., Nicol, R., Lugg, A. and Allison, P., 2005
Education Outside the Classroom: Second Report of session 2004-5
Report for an external body, pp. 110-123, London: Parliamentary Education and Skills Committee Inquiry.

Nicol, R., 2003
Outdoor education - authentic learning in the context of landscapes - a report on an in-service training couse in Germany, 2-8 June 2002
Report for External Body, National Association of Environmental Education.

Higgins, P. and Nicol, R., 2002
Learning as Adventure: Theory for Practice
Report for Department for Education and Skills Connexion Service, London.

Others

Nicol, R. 28/4/09

How can local authorities integrate outdoor learning into practice? A research perspective. A presentation for Learning and Teaching Scotland’s Outdoor Learning Festival 2009.

 

Nicol, R. 18/7/09  

Managing Organisational Change: Overcoming the Barriers That Prevent Teacher’s Going Outdoors. Presentation to Singapore’s Outdoor Education Association’s annual conference.

 

Nicol, R. 19/7/09

Canoeing Around Mountains. Presentation to Singapore’s Outdoor Education Association’s annual conference.

 

Nicol, R. 17/5/10  

Beyond the Classroom: Inspirational Outdoor STEM for All. Presentation to Association for Science Education's Outdoor Science Working Group, Cambridge.

 

Nicol, R. 23/10/10  

What qualities are need to become an outdoor teacher and what is the teacher’s role?  Presentation to the European Institute for Outdoor Adventure & Experiential Learning in partnership with the Centre for School and Outdoor Education Slovenia conference Encountering, Expereincing and Exploring Nature in Education.

Nicol, R. 2010

Guest Editor. Environmental Education, 94: 1-35. National Association for Environmental Education: University of Wolverhampton.

Nicol, R., 2009
Which qualifications are needed to become an outdoor teacher and what is the teachers role?
Outdoor Learning in Teacher Education - EU Comenius conference, Aarhus, Denmark, 15th June 2009 (keynote address).

Nicol, R., 2009
Sustainability and the Great Outdoors
Third Annual Matti Telemaki Keynote address, Finland Outdoor Education Association, 22nd January 2009 (keynote address).

Nicol, R., 2009
Connecting to the Outdoors
Annual Conference of Singapore's Outdoor Education Association, 18th July 2009 (keynote address).

Nicol, R., 2009
Sustainability and the Great Outdoors
University of Oulu, Finland, 23rd January 2009 (invited speech).

Nicol, R., 2008
Sustainability and the Outdoors: A Walking and Talking Approach to Experiential Learning
Institute of Outdoor Learning's Southern Branch, 20th October 2008 (keynote address).

Nicol, R., 2001
Outdoor Education for Sustainable Living? An Investigation into the Potential of Scottish Local Authority Residential Outdoor Education Centres to Deliver Programmes Relating to Sustainable Living
University of Edinburgh (PhD thesis).

 

Older publications:


Higgins, P. and Nicol, R., 1998
A Sense of Place: A Context for Environmental Outdoor Education
in Celebrating Diversity: Learning by Sharing Cultural Differences in Outdoor Education, Ed. P. Higgins & B. Humberstone, pp. 50-55, Buckinghamshire: European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education, 0-948314-32-X.

Higgins, P., Nicol, R. and Crowther, N., 1998
The Contribution of Outdoor Education towards Learning to Sustain
in Learning to Sustain, Ed. J. Smyth, pp. 58-60, Stirling: Scottish Environmental Education Council, 0-948773-23-5.

Higgins, P., Nicol, R. and Crowther, N., 1998
Outdoor Education for Sustainability: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
in Sport, Leisure and Society, Ed. M Allison, J Horne, and L Jackson, pp. 126-132, University of Edinburgh.

Higgins, P., Michie, D. and Nicol, R., 1997
The Context and Regulation of Outdoor Education
in A Guide for Outdoor Educators in Scotland, Ed. P. Higgins, C. Loynes & N. Crowther, pp. 30-39, Perth: Adventure Education & Scottish Natural Heritage, 1-874637-04-0.

Non Peer-reviewed articles

Nicol, R., 1999
A Survey of Scottish Outdoor Centre
Horizons, Vol. 6, pp. 14-16.

Nicol, R., 1997
Rights for Whom: Loch Venachar - A Case Study
The Journal of Adeventure Education and Outdoor Leadership, Vol. 14(2), pp. 12-14.

Nicol, R., 1996
Threats to Inland Canoeing: Options for Change
Leisure Studies Association Newsletter, Vol. 43, pp. 17-33.



 


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