Dr Andy Williams BA, MA, PhD

Assistant Dean Faculty of Business and Management

Carmarthen

Tel: 01267 676647
E-mail: a.williams@uwtsd.ac.uk

Andy Williams

Principal lecturer – School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education

Andy teaches undergraduate modules at levels 4, 5 and 6 as well as leading the MA Outdoor Education postgraduate degree and supervising candidates at PhD level. He continues to develop his practice and understanding of outdoor pedagogy focusing on the interaction of culture and the environment.

  • Higher Education Academy
  • Institute for Outdoor Learning (Accredited Practitioner & Professional Development group member for HEd)
  • European Institute for Outdoor and Adventure Education and Experiential Learning – non executive board member
  • British Mountaineering Council member
  • Welsh Canoeing Association member.

Outdoor Education pedagogy, emergent and unplanned learning, curriculum models and assessment, and cultural practice.

Modules:

  • The Great Outdoors (level 4)
  • Sense of Place in  Outdoor Education (level 4)
  • Issues in Outdoor Education (level 6)
  • Undergraduate Dissertation (level 6)
  • Philosophical and Cultural Perspectives on Outdoor Education (level 7)
  • Debates in Outdoor Education (level 7)
  • Outdoor Education Internship (level 7)
  • Postgraduate Dissertation (level 7)
  • PhD Supervision (level 8)

Outdoor adventure pedagogy linked to constructivist and experiential learning theory, serendipitous/emergent learning, interpretive approaches to research and the teacher/student as co-learners. Curriculum models for outdoor adventure education and Solo experiences in outdoor education.

Previous PhD supervision to completion

  • The interpretation and delivery of the Welsh Foundation Phase and its impact on Physical Literacy – N. Wainwright (2015)

Current PhD candidates are researching:

  • A new model for outdoor Adventure Education for Key stage 3- G.French.
  • What contribution does Welsh medium outdoor education at Glan-llyn make to the cultural development of young people in Wales? – A. Phillips.
  • Staff/student perceptions of a sustainable approach to developing a health promoting campus – T. davies.
  • Exploring the Efficacy of Screening and Injury Reduction Strategies in Professional Rugby Union – K. Evans.

Outdoor Education curriculum and pedagogy. Applied learning in Outdoor Education. Formal and informal outdoor education practice. Alternative approaches to learning and personal development through outdoor experiences.

  • University of Strathclyde  - Evaluation of pilot outdoor education residential experience for the School of Education at the University of Strathclyde (April 2015).
  • Outdoor learning cards for teachers. 2009-2014
  • Landscape, Youth and Outdoor Education Conference. 9th annual conference of the European Institute for Outdoor and Adventure Education and Experiential Learning (EOE), Carmarthen (2008) – Euros 27,500.00
  • DADS (single parent group) Project at Trinity College, Carmarthen (2007) – £4,500. Carmarthenshire County Council.
  • Outdoor Adventure Youth Project in Carmarthenshire (2004-05) - £5,000 Reaching Higher- Reaching Wider, Welsh Assembly Government.

Book chapters:

Williams, A. (2006) Developing Reflective Practitioners, In B. Humberstone and H. Brown (Eds) Shaping the Outdoor Profession through Higher Education - Creative Diversity in Outdoor Education. IOL Publishers, Cumbria.

Journal Articles (lead author)

Williams, A. and Wainwright, N. (2015) A new pedagogical model for adventure in the curriculum: Part 1 – advocating for the model. Journal of Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy. DOI:10.1080/17408989.2015.104821.

Williams, A. and Wainwright, N. (2015) A new pedagogical model for adventure in the curriculum: Part 2 – outlining the model. Journal of Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy . DOI:10.1080/17408989.2015.104822.

Williams, A. and Wainwright, N. (2014) Professional development for adventurous activities in Wales. Welsh Jnl of Education. Vol 17, 6-29.

Williams, A.(2014) Widening participation to higher education through outdoor education: Research into the impact of a ‘taster’ course for unemployed fathers. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning (under review).

Williams, A. (2012) Taking a step back: learning without the facilitator on solo activities. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 12, 2, 137-156.

Williams, A. & Wainwright , N. (2011) Changing times for outdoor learning in Wales – Outdoor Learning Cards, Adventurous Activities and Physical Education, Horizons,Issue 56, 30-33, Winter.

Williams, A. (2006) Serendipity and Co-learning in Outdoor Education, Horizons 34, 32-25, June.

Williams. A. (1997) Outdoor Education in the National Curriculum. Australian Journal of Outdoor Education 2 (2), 12-15.

Williams, A. (1995) Outdoor and Adventurous Activities, Holistic Learning and the Primary Residential Experience. Bulletin of Physical Education 32 (2), 51-57.

Williams, A. (1994) Outdoor Education and Physical Education in the National Curriculum. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Leadership 11 (4), 11-14.

Journal articles (shared authorship)

Wainwright, N., Goodway, J., Whitehead, M., Williams, A. & Kirk. D. (2016) The Foundation Phase in Wales – a play-based curriculum that supports the development of physical literacy. Education 3-13. DOI: 10.1080/03004279.2016.1176360

Wainwright, N. and Williams, A. (2012) “Miss that’s the best PE lesson we’ve ever had and we couldn’t see for most of it.” Adventurous Activities and Physical Education in Wales. Physical Education Matters Summer, 7 (2), 51 – 54. 

Conference Proceedings/Papers

Williams, A. and Wainwright, N. (2012) The impact of the Outdoor Learning Cards Resource upon Adventurous Activity Provision in Wales. Paper presented at the 13thAnnual Conference of the European Institute for Outdoor and Adventure Education and Experiential Learning (EOE), Derwent Hill, Keswick, Cumbria.26-30 September.

Wainwright, N. and Williams, A. (2011) Camping on Concrete: professional development for adventurous activities in Wales.In the proceedings of the AIESEP Conferenece, University of Limerick, 22-25 June.

Williams, A. (2009) Widening access to higher education through outdoor education: Research into the impact of a ‘taster’ course. In the proceedings of the 4thInternational Outdoor Education Research Conference, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia, 15-18 April. 

Williams, A. & Tucker-Welton, N. (2008) (Eds)Landscape, Youth and Outdoor Education. 9th Annual Conference of the European Institute for Outdoor and Adventure Education and Experiential Learning (EOE). Carmarthen: Trinity University College, 17-20 September.

Williams, A. (2008) Solo: facilitating structured or emergent learning outcomes for young adults. In: A. Williams & N. Tucker-Welton (Eds) Landscape, Youth and Outdoor Education  9th Annual Conference of the European Institute for Outdoor and Adventure Education and Experiential Learning (EOE). Carmarthen: Trinity University College, 17-20 September.

Williams, A. (2006)Outdoor Education and Higher Education: exploring the meaning of student learning’. In the proceedings of 3rd International Outdoor Education Research Conference, University of Central Lancashire, 4-7 July.

Conference / Workshop organiser:

Second Outdoor Health, Pedagogy and Lifestyle Research Seminar,University of Wales Trinity Saint David,Carmarthen, Wales.23-25 April 2013

Facilitation, Reviewing and Outdoor learning. Trinity University College, Carmarthen, January 2010

Landscape, Youth and Outdoor Education Conference. 9th Annual Conference of the European Institute for Outdoor and Adventure Education and Experiential Learning (EOE),Trinity College, Carmarthen,17-20 September 2008.

Outdoor Learning Cards – Professional Development Course. Trinity University College, Carmarthen. 11 November 2008.

Institute for Outdoor Learning Research Forum. University College Trinity, Carmarthen. 14 March 2007

Adventure Therapy workshop (with Mosaic). 15-16 March 2006