There are three key academic journals that cover the field of outdoor education:
Australian Journal of Outdoor Education – published in Australia
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning – published in the UK
Journal of Experiential Education – published in the US
Some other refereed journals that publish Outdoor Learning research
Academy of Management Learning and Education
Example: 2(4) 352-263. Meyer, J. P. (2003) Four territories of experience: A developmental action inquiry approach to outdoor-adventure experiential learning.
British Journal of Physical Education
Example: 24(1) Keighley, P. (1993) A Consideration of the Appropriate Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategies in Outdoor and Adventurous Activities.
Example: 32(4) 3-12. Gruenewald, D. (2003) The Best of Both Worlds: A Critical Pedagogy of Place
Human Resource Management
Example: 36(2) 235-250. McEvoy, G. (1997) Organizational change and outdoor management education
History of Education
Example: 28, 157-172. Cook, L. (1999) The 1944 Education Act and outdoor education: from policy to practice
International Journal of Sport Psychology
Example: 29, 243-266. Meyer, B. & Wenger, M. (1998). Athletes and adventure education: An empirical investigation.
International Review for the Sociology of Sport
Example: 33(4) 393-402. Pedersen, K (1998) Doing Feminist Ethnography in the Wilderness around my Hometown
Journal of American Indian Education
Example: 35(2) Zwick, T. and Miller, K. (1996) A comparison of integrated outdoor education activities and traditional science learning with American Indian students.
Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy
Example: 30(1) 33-60. Hans, T. (2000) A Meta-Analysis of the Effects of Adventure Programming on Locus of Control
Journal of Curriculum Studies
Example: 34(4) 405-425. Brookes, A. (2002) Lost in the Australian bush: outdoor education as curriculum
Journal of Leisure Research
Example: 30. Culp, R. (1998) Adolescent girls and outdoor recreation: a case study examining constraints and effective programming.
Journal of Management Development
Example: 13(9) 14-24. Burnett, D. and James, K. (1994) Using the Outdoors to Facilitate Personal Change in Managers
Journal of Park and Recreation Administration
Example: 23 (3) 82-98. Astbury, R., Knight, B., and Nichols, G. (2005) The contribution of sport related interventions to the long-term development of disaffected young people: an evaluation of the Fairbridge Program.
Journal of Risk Research
Example: 3(2) 121-134. Nichols G. (2000) Risk and adventure education.
Example: 28(1/2). Ibbetson, A., Newell, S. (1999) A comparison of a competitive and non-competitive outdoor management development programme.
Review of Educational Research
Example: 67(1) 43-87. Hattie, Marsh, Neill, and Richards (1997) Adventure Education and Outward Bound: Out-of-Class Experiences That Make a Lasting Difference
Example: 81(2) 161 – 171. Orion, N. et al (1998) Development and validation of an instrument for assessing the learning environment of outdoor science activities
Sport, Education and Society
Example: 11(2) 135-153. Allin, L. and Humberstone, B. (2006) Exploring ‘careership’ in outdoor education and the lives of women outdoor educators.
Team Performance Management
Example: 3(2) 97-115. Mazany, P. et al (1997) Evaluating the effectiveness of an outdoor workshop for team building in an MBA programme.
Therapeutic Recreation Journal
Example: 28(1) 25-34. Schleien, S. et al (1994) Integration and Environmental/Outdoor Education: The Impact of Integrating Students with Severe Developmental Disabilities on the Academic Performance of Peers without Disabilities.