Staff profile - Lou Preston

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Dr Lou Preston

Position: Senior Lecturer
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SoE Arts & Ed
Campus: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 522 72806 +61 3 522 72806
Email: l.preston@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, Monash University, 1981
  • Diploma of Education, Monash University, 1982
  • Master of Education, Deakin University, 1999
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2009


Affiliations

Geography Teachers Association of Victoria

Victorian Outdoor Education Association

Social Education Victoria


Academic

Teaching Interests

EEO311 Learners Living in their World: Humanities Perspectives

EEO410 Learners Inquiring in and about their world: Human Disciplines

EPO701 Primary Humanities, Societies & Environments


Conferences and seminars

International Conference Papers:

Preston, L. (2013). Consuming environmentalism: Following codes or practicing ethics? World Environmental Education Congress, 9-13 June, Marrakech, Morocco.


Preston, L. (November, 2011). Applying for dual citizenship in Outdoor and Physical Education: Tensions and synchronizations. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) International Research in Education Conference, 27 Nov – 1 Dec, Hobart, Tasmania.

Preston, L. & Rasmussen, M. (July, 2010). Green bodies: Training environmental educators. World conference of the International Sociology Association, 11-16 July, Goteborg, Sweden.

Preston, L. (2009). Scrutinising the I in Outdoor and Environmental Education. Fourth International Outdoor Education Research Conference, April 15-18. La Trobe University, Beechworth, Victoria.

Preston, L. (2006). Seeing Green: A closer look at ethics and Outdoor & Environmental Education. Widening Horizons: Diversity and Critical Views of Outdoor Education. Third International Outdoor Education Research Conference, 4-7 July. University of Central Lancashire, Outdoor Division, Penrith Campus, Cumbria, UK.

Rasmussen, M. & Preston, L. (2006). Journeying on the Frinj of Outdoor Education. Widening Horizons: Diversity and Critical Views of Outdoor Education. Third International Outdoor Education Research Conference, 4-7 July .University of Central Lancashire, Outdoor Division, Penrith Campus, Cumbria, UK.

Preston, L. (2004). A Pedagogy of Connections: Findings of a collaborative action research project in outdoor and environmental education. Connections & Disconnections: Examining the reality and rhetoric. Second International Outdoor Education Research Conference, July 6-9. La Trobe University, Bendigo.

National Conference Papers:

Preston, L. (2007) A cloud of smug over Outdoor Education: South Park, hybrid cars and environmental morality. 15th National Outdoor Education Conference, 20 23 Sep, Ballarat, Victoria

Griffiths, A. & Preston, L (2004). Local Connections: Connecting with nature in a local context. Outdoor Victoria Conference, 23-24 July. Joint initiative of Camping Association of Victoria, Victorian Outdoor Education Association & the Victorian Association for Environmental Education. Melbourne.

Preston, L. & Griffiths, A. (2003). Reconnecting with Nature. Relevance: Making it happen. 13th National Outdoor Education Conference, April 14-16. Adelaide, S.A..

Lugg, A. & Preston, L. (1999). People and Environment - The Outdoor Education Community, Proceedings of the 11th National Outdoor Education Conference, Perth, WA, January.

Preston, L. (1997). Links: Camping across the curriculum. Joint Conference of the Camping Association of Victoria and the Victorian Outdoor Education Conference, Melbourne.

Invited Presentations:

Rasmussen, M. & Preston, L. (2006). Place, Space, Young People and Processes of Social Transformation: Interdisciplinary imaginings seminar. Monash University, Clayton.

Research

Research interests

Lou's current research draws on poststructuralist perspectives to critically analyse social and educational discourses on environmental ethics and to explore the processes by which students understand, negotiate and practice environmental ethics. An overarching focus of her research is the implications for pedagogical practice in social and environmental education, especially in relation to the importance of place and the spatial dimensions of pedagogy.


Publications

Publications

Preston, L. (2015). A Global Sense of Place: Geography and sustainability education in a primary context. The Social Educator, 33(3), 29-41.

Preston, L. (2015). The place of place-based education in the Australian primary geography curriculum. Geographical Education, 28, 41-49.

Preston, L., Harvie, K., & Wallace, H. (2015). Inquiry-based Learning in Teacher Education: A Primary Humanities Example. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 40(12), 73-85.

Preston, L. (2015). Australian primary in-service teachers’ conceptions of geography. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 24(2), 167-180.

Preston, L. (2014). Australian primary pre-service teachers’ conceptions of geography. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 23(4), 331-349.

Preston, L. (2014). Students’ imaginings of spaces of learning in Outdoor and Environmental Education. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 14(2), 172-190.

Preston, L. (2013). Consuming environmentalism; Following codes or practicing ethics? The Social Educator: Journal of Social Educators Association of Australia, 30(4), 19-24.

Preston, L. (2012). An Outdoor and Environmental Education community of practice: Self stylisation or normalisation? Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, 16(1), 28-37.

Preston, L. (2012). Sustaining an Environmental Ethic: Outdoor & Environmental Education graduates’ negotiation of school spaces. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 27(2), 199-208.

Preston, L. (2012). Changing Green Subjectivities in Outdoor and Environmental Education: A qualitative study. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 33(2), 235-249.

Preston, L. (2011). Green Pedagogy: Guidance and doubt in teaching Outdoor and Environmental Education. Asian-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 39(4), 367-380.

Rasmussen, M. & Preston, L. (2009). Journeying to the Frinj of Outdoor Education, in Quinlivan, K., Boyask, R. & Kaur, B. Educational Enactments in a Globalised World: Intercultural Conversations, Sense Publishing: Netherlands.

Preston, L. (2004). Making connections with nature: Bridging the theory-practice gap in outdoor and environmental education. Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, 8(1), 12-19.

Preston, L. & Griffiths, A. (2004). Pedagogy of connections: Findings of a collaborative action research project in outdoor and environmental education. Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, 8(2), 36-45.

Preston, L. (2001). Seeing the Unseen: A rockclimbing experience. Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, 5(2), 13-18.


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