Real World Learning: a critical analysis


  • Jan Činčera



Outdoor education, environmental education, quality, values, behavior change


The paper analyses the so called “Hand model”, invented as a part of The Real World learning international project. The aim of the model was to provide guidance for outdoor environmental education programs. In the analysis, it is suggested that the model suffers from inconsistency between its efforts to establish quality criteria consistent with self-directed, emancipatory learning, and its instrumental ambition to promote behavioral change. In the same way, the model provides a new point of view on outdoor environmental education programs, namely on values and frames communicated by the programs.


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Author Biography

Jan Činčera

Masaryk University Brno,
Department of Environmental Studies

Technical University of Liberec,
Department of Education and Psychology

The author focuses on theory, methodics and evaluation of environmental education and education for sustainable development. He cooperates with environmental education centres as a programme evaluator and consultant.


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15. 06. 2015

How to Cite

Činčera, J. (2015). Real World Learning: a critical analysis. Envigogika, 10(3).



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