Dr Andy Williams

Andy is Associate Professor and leads the research activity of Wales Institute for Physical Literacy (WIPL). Most recently he has developed a new approach to outdoor activities in Physical Education with a focus on authentic adventure experiences and decision making. In addition, he has a broad research background linked to constructivist and experiential learning theory, serendipitous/emergent learning, teacher/student as co-learners and sense of place pedagogy.

In his spare time he enjoys nothing better than exploring the landscape observing how people have lived in times gone by and how this helps us better understand who we are today and the legacy we will leave for future generations.

Postal Address:

Andy Williams, WIPL, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen, SA31 3EP

Additional Information

  • 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.
  • Introduction to Outdoor Education (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)
  • Issues and Problems in Outdoor Education (level 7)
  • Outdoor Education Internship (level 7)
  • Postgraduate Dissertation (level 7)
  • 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.
  • CPD – 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

Williams, A., Wainwright, N. and Kirk, D. (2013) Advocating the development of an authentic model for outdoor and adventurous activities. Submitted to Quest Jnl (under review).

Williams, A. and Wainwright, N. (2013) Professional development for adventurous activities in Wales. Submitted to Welsh Jnl of Education (under review)

Williams, A.(2012) Widening participation to higher education through outdoor education: Research into the impact of a ‘taster’ course for unemployed fathers. Submitted to 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.

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 MattersSummer, 7 (2), 51 – 54.

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. (195) 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.

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CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

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 4th International 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.

LIST of CONFERENCE PAPERS

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 2012

Camping on Concrete: professional development for adventurous activities in Wales. Paper presented at AIESEP conference, Limerick, Ireland, 22-25 June, 2011.

Widening access to higher education through outdoor education: Research into the impact of a ‘taster’ course.  Paper presented at the 4th International Outdoor Education Research Conference, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia, 15-18 April, 2009.

‘Solo Camping: structured or emergent learning experiences for young people’

Paper presented at the 9th Annual Conference of the European Institute for Outdoor and Adventure Education and Experiential Learning (EOE),

University College Trinity, Carmarthen

17-20 September 2008

‘Outdoor Education and Higher Education: exploring the meaning of student learning’. Paper presentedat the Third International Outdoor Education Research Conference, University of Central Lancashire, 4-7 July 2006.