Dr Beth Christie

Lecturer / Programme Director: Learning for Sustainability programme

Background

Beth Christie is a Lecturer in Education in the Outdoor and Environmental Education Section of the Moray House School of Education. She is Programme Director for the MSc Learning for Sustainability.

Beth has held research and teaching positions at the University of St. Andrews, Dundee and Edinburgh.  She has gained professional experience working on environmental education projects and practitioner and consultancy work with organisations such as Education Scotland, British Council, Field Studies Council, National Trust for Scotland, Forestry Commission, Groundworks, Natural England and the Scottish Countryside Ranger Service. 

Qualifications

  • BA(Hons) (University of Edinburgh, 1998)
  • PhD (University of Edinburgh, 2004)
  • PGCert Academic Practice (University of Edinburgh, 2015)

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Honorary Fellow Royal Scottish Geographical Society
  • Associate Editor of the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning (2013-18)
  • Editorial Board Member  Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning
  • Member of the European Institute of Adventure Education and Experiential Learning
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Mentor for the Edinburgh Teaching Award (EdTA)

Undergraduate teaching

Course Organiser: BEd 4: Outdoor Learning and Primary Education

Postgraduate teaching

  • Course Organiser: Outdoor Learning and Primary Education; Introduction to Learning for Sustainabilty
  • Dissertation Supervisor: MSc Outdoor Education;  MSc Outdoor Education and Sustainability Education;  MSc Learning for Sustainability

MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)

  • Learning for Sustainabilty: Developing a Personal Ethic

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?

Yes

Current PhD students supervised

  • Chris Mackie (PhD) - Magnus Magnusson SNH Scholarship - The Role of Nature in Supporting Learning and Development in Scotland.
  • Louise Haxwell  (PhD) -  An exploration into the impact of outdoor experiences on the perceptions and practices of trainee teachers over the course of their undergraduate study and into their NQT year - a longitudinal study.
  • Ethan Lewis (PhD) - Community gardening and connection to nature.
  • Sharon Boyd (PhD) - Fostering student-community engagement activities at distance – the role of the University as change-agent.

Past PhD students supervised

Abdul Kahlid (EdD) - The nature and scope of outdoor education in the city-state of singapore.

Research summary

  • Practical, theoretical and philosophical aspects of outdoor learning and learning for sustainability.
  • The relationship between teaching and learning and the development of a personal ethic and attitude towards sustainability.
  • The developing policy landscape in Scotland in relation to outdoor learning, learning for sustainability and the 3-18 curriculum

Project activity

 

  • PRISMA(2015-17): Erasmus funded project led by the Reykjavík Nature School at the Department of Education and Youth in Reykjavik City, Iceland developing pre-school teacher job-shadowing between thirteen preschools in Reykjavík and five host countries (Scotland, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Slovenia) with the aim of developing a pan-European understanding of outdoor learning and education for sustainable development. Prisma site
  • Walking for Wellbeing (2014): Developing sustainable engagement between research, policy and practice. Project funded by Scottish Universities Insight Initiative
  • A Natural Curriculum (2011-2013): Improving the quality and availability of outdoor learning experiences in schools. Project funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
  • Field Studies Council (2012)The impact of outdoor learning experiences on attitudes to sustainability: a brief review of literature. (review funded by Field Studies Council)
  • Forestry Commission Scotland (2012)The impact of outdoor learning experiences on attainment and behaviour in schools. (review funded by Forestry Commission Scotland)
  • Evaluation of the Greenways to Health Initiative (2010) (research project funded by Natural England, Groundworks Northumberland)
  • ESRC (2010). Member of the Outdoors and Health Network. ESRC grant no. RES-355-25-0040.

Current project grants

PTAS -  Curriculum for Climate Justice (2017-2019)
Principal Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS) University of Edinburgh grant for a two-year research project focusing on a collaborative investigation of the challenges and opportunities for climate change education through a social justice lens. 
British Council (2015-18): Learning for Sustainability/Connecting Classrooms Professional Learning Services for Teachers

Past project grants

Scottish Universities Insight Initiative (2014) Walking for Wellbeing: Developing sustainable engagement between research, policy and practice.
Seedcorn Fund, University of Edinburgh (2012) Exploring the multi-dimensional potential of outdoor learning; a critical review of literature.
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation (2011) A Natural Curriculum: Improving the quality and availability of outdoor learning experiences in schools.
Natural England/Groundworks Northumberland (2010) Evaluation of the Greenways to Health Initiative

View all 20 publications on Research Explorer

Book Chapters:

McGregor, C., Scandrett, E, Christie, B., & Crowther, J. (2018) Climate Justice Education: from social movement learning to schooling. In Routledge Handbook of Climate Justice . Jafry, T. (ed.). 

Higgins, P & Christie, B. (2018). Learning for Sustainability. In: Bryce, T. G. K., Humes, W. M., Gillies, D., & Kennedy, A. eds Scottish Education, Fourth Edition: Referendum. (5th ed.) Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Christie, B. (2018) Telling My Story: Being Female in Outdoor Education in Higher Education. In Gray, T. & Mitten, D. (Eds.) (2017). The Palgrave Macmillan International Handbook of Women and Outdoor Learning. London, England: Palgrave Macmillan.

Beames, S., Christie, B., Blackwell,I. (2017) Developing whole school approaches to integrated indoor / outdoor teaching. In S. Waite (Ed), Children Learning Outside the Cassroom, London: Sage.

Christie, B., Higgins, P &  Nicol, R. (2015) From practice to policy: Curricular outdoor learning in Scotland. In B. Humberstone, K. Henderson, and H. Prince (Eds), The Routledge Handbook of Outdoor Studies, abingdon, UK: Routledge.  

Telford, J., Beames, S., & Christie, B. (2015). Outdoor learning in Scotland. In J. von Au (Ed.), Raus aus dem Klassenzimmer: Outdoor Education als Unterrichtskonzept. Verlag Empirische Pådagogik (VEP): Landau. 

Peer-reviewed publications:

Affifi, R. & Christie, B. (2018) Learning for (un)sustainability: Pedagogy of life and death. Submitted to Environmental Education Research. Vol 15, pp. 1-15.

Gray, T., Norton, C., Breault-Hood, J., Christie, B. & Taylor, N. (2018). Curating a public self: Exploring social media images of women in the outdoors.  Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership (JOREL) 10(2), 153-170.

Christie, B., Beames, S., Higgins, P (2015) Context, culture and critical thinking: Scottish secondary school teachers' and pupils' experiences of outdoor learning, British Educational Research Journal 

Christie, B., Ross, H., Nicol, R. & Higgins, P. (Eds) (2014) Special Issue: Space, Place and Sustainability and the role of outdoor education. Journal of adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 14 (3)

Ross, H., Christie, B., Nicol, R. & Higgins, P. (2014) Editorial: Space, Place and Sustainability and the role of outdoor education. Journal of adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 14 (3), 191-197.

 Christie, B., Beames, S., Higgins, P., Nicol, R., & Ross, H. (2014). Outdoor Learning Provision in   Scottish Schools.  Scottish Educational Review, 46(1), 48-64.

Christie, B., Higgins, P. & McLaughlin, P. (2013). ‘Did you enjoy your holiday?’ Can residential outdoor learning benefit mainstream schooling?  Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning,  DOI:10.1080/14729679.2013.769715

Christie, B., Beames, S., & Nicol, R. (2013). We’ve only just begun: Outdoor learning in secondary schools. Environmental Education. Winter 2013, Volume 105.

Christie, B. & Higgins, P. (2012) Residential outdoor learning experiences and Scotland’s school curriculum: an empirical and philosophical consideration of progress, connection and relevance.Scottish Educational Review 44 (2), 45-59.

Christie, B. (2005). 'Raising Achievement? A Study of outdoor experiential learning in secondary schools in Scotland'. In Humberstone, B. (ed) Old Traditions and New Trends: Examining what is continuous and what is changing in young peoples lives. European Institute of Outdoor Adventure and Experiential Learning.

Commissioned literature reviews:

Christie, B., & Higgins, P. (2012). The impact of outdoor learning experiences on attainment and behaviour: A brief review of literature.Forestry Commission Scotland/University of Edinburgh. Forestry Commission Report 11/2012 [review funded by Forestry Commission Scotland]

Christie, B., & Higgins, P. (2012). The impact of outdoor learning experiences on attitudes to sustainability: A brief review of literature.Field Studies Council/University of Edinburgh. Field Studies Council Report 06/2012. [review funded by Field Studies Council]

Non peer-reviewed publications (reports, conference proceedings):

Christie, B., Higgins, P., Nicol, R., & Beames, S. (2013). Current trends and future directions; exploring the role of outdoor learning in Scotland.  In proceedings from Edukacja przygodą Conference in Teresin, Warsaw, Poland.  

Christie, B., & Beames, S. (2013). Outdoor Journeys in secondary schools [guidance booklet]. University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh.

Christie, B. (2012) What does it mean to me? Exploring the impact of outdoor learning on young people’s attitudes to sustainability. Proceedings of the 12th European Institute of Adventure Education and Experiential Learning Conference "Outdoor Learning as a means of promoting healthy and sustainable lifestyles and social inclusion for young people". 

Christie, B., Higgins, P. & Nicol, R. (2010) An Evaluation of the Greenways to Health Initiative Northumberland 2007- 2009 - Groundwork Northumberland and Natural England. Unpublished Report.

Marshall, A., Currie, M., O’Brien, E., Roe, J., Ward Thompson, C., Mitchell, R., Wheeler, B., Higgins, P., Geyer, J., Christie, E. Park, J.J., Church, A., Farmer, J., Cummins, S., Sangster, M., & Bird, W. (2010). Knowledge gaps and methodological development of a framework for longitudinal resource in outdoors and health research: A discussion paper. Report for the Outdoors and Health Network, ESRC grant no. RES-355-25-0040.

Christie, B. & Gunn, A. (2007). Scottish Heritage and Art Research Exchange – Feasibility Study. Conference proceedings from Museums Association Conference, Glasgow, October 2007.

Christie, B. (2007). SHARE Scottish Heritage and Art Research Exchange – Feasibility Study. Musuems, Galleries and Collections Institute: University of St. Andrews.

Christie, B. (2005). 'Raising Achievement? A Study of outdoor experiential learning in secondary schools in Scotland'. In Humberstone, B. (ed) Old Traditions and New Trends: Examining what is continuous and what is changing in young peoples lives. European Institute of Outdoor Adventure and Experiential Learning.

Christie, B. (2002). The Royal Bank of Scotland Access Bursary Scheme – Research results. European Access Network News. University of Westminster, London.

Christie, B. (2001). 'Raising Achievement through Outward Bound'. In White, M. (ed) Transitions: Experiential leaning and the Process of Change. Conference Proceedings. (pp48-50). Cumbria: Brathay Hall Trust.