Brendon Munge is an Associate Lecturer in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) / Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies, and the Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies. The primary focus of Brendon’s teaching has been on foundational knowledge and experience for new students in outdoor and environmental studies. He also has a major component of his work linked to the utilisation of expeditions, particularly bushwalking as a method of engagement in outdoor education activities. Brendon has previously won three teaching and learning excellence awards for his focus on student engagement and learning.
He is currently undertaking his PhD focused on a cross discipline analysis of fieldwork pedagogies in higher education with research publications linked to best practice in fieldwork and innovative uses of technology in fieldwork applications. Further to this research, he is currently collaborating on three cross-institutional projects linked with La Trobe University:
- Near peer teaching in Outdoor and Environmental Education
- Augmented technologies for the development of navigation skills and knowledge – this is based upon a teaching and learning grant
- Dietary requirements and implications for journey based outdoor education employees
Previously, Brendon worked for eight years in the Outdoor and Environmental Education Department at La Trobe University. He was responsible for an introductory course for commencing students in outdoor living and travel skills, bushwalking as means for engagement in expedition experiences, and pathways to professional entry into the profession.
Brendon is a former president of the VOEA and Victorian state representative on the Outdoor Education Australia committee. He was also involved in the steering group for the establishment of Outdoors Victoria and was the inaugural chair of the Outdoors Victoria Education Committee.
- outdoor environmental education
- fieldwork pedagogies
- near peer teaching
- technology and outdoor education
- Outdoor Living and Travel Skills
- Learning in Australian Landscapes
- Foundations of Outdoor Learning
- Leading Groups in Outdoor Environments
- Fraser Island Expedition
- Leading Coastal Environmental Studies
- Outdoor Environmental Studies Extension
Brendon Munge's specialist areas of knowledge include outdoor environmental education, fieldwork pedagogies, near peer teaching and, technology and outdoor education.