The role of ‘pracademics’ in education and development of adventure sport professionals

Collins, L., orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7478-1140 and Collins, D. orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7601-0454 (2019) The role of ‘pracademics’ in education and development of adventure sport professionals. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 19 (1). pp. 1-11. ISSN 1472-9679

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Understanding and exploiting the synergy between theory and practice lies at the heart of effective education for outdoor professionals. Accordingly, and in an attempt to stimulate debate, this paper conceptualises the interaction between theory and practice in the context of the education of outdoor professionals. We identify issues specific to the often separated worlds of practice and academia. While acknowledging those distinct skills and competencies, however, we also explore a mid-role; that of the ‘pracademic’ or scientist–practitioner or practioner scholar, considering behaviours that may encourage greater collaborative work to inform the process and implementation of the education of outoor professionals.

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