Simpson University Outdoor Leadership Professors Travel Internationally

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ODLE Students in China

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University Outdoor Leadership professors gained international exposure this year, traveling to China and Denmark on trips related to scholarship, teaching and service.

Amy Smallwood, associate professor of Outdoor Leadership, traveled to Denmark in early March, where she presented research at a conference hosted at the University of Copenhagen’s “Forest School” campus.

The International Udeskole Conference was billed as the first of its kind, focused on sharing international perspectives among researchers and academics interested in “education outside the classroom.”

Prof Smallwood in DenmarkSmallwood, who will be on sabbatical next semester to pursue doctoral studies, presented research titled, “A Multidisciplinary Enquiry into the Phenomenology of Place Encounters in Outdoor Experiential Education.”

In conjunction with her sabbatical, she will also be acting as a visiting international academic with the Department of Sciences, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies at the University of Cumbria in the UK.

During spring break in March, Dr. Scott Barnett, associate professor of outdoor leadership, traveled to Shanghai to teach Chinese church leaders how to use experiential learning principles in their camp programming. Barnett works with an organization called Global Outreach Group, whose mission is to train local leaders to use camp programs in their cultural context. He has done similar training in Russia and Kenya.

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(Top) Simpson University Outdoor Leadership professor Scott Barnett, center, traveled to China over spring break to train leaders to run camp programs.

Simpson University Outdoor Leadership professor Amy Smallwood presents research at an academic conference in Denmark in March.


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