Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education
Zabe MacEachren

Elizabeth (Zabe) MacEachren

Associate Professor of Outdoor Education
613-533-6000 ext. 77243

BNS (Lakehead), B.Ed. (Lakehead), MSc (Nat'l Audubon Expedition Inst. and Lesley College), PhD (York)

Associate Professor, Graduate Faculty, Coordinator of Outdoor and Experiential Education

Research Interests
  • Hands-on making experiences as a form of environmental education, subject integration, and holistic education
  • Ecological literacy, Sustainability, Self-sufficiency
  • Schoolground naturalization, Restoration practices
  • Storytelling as experiential education
  • Traditional winter travel curriculum
  • Women’s experiences in outdoor environments
  • Outdoor-based practices for teaching Canadian Heritage (E.g. Voyageurs & Hunting-based curricula)
  • Perceptions that shape concepts of health and cognition (E.g. outdoor fitness routines and diets such as primal, paleo or vegetarian)
  • Animality, specifically notions of Wild and Domesticated animals

Zabe MacEachren is the Coordinator of the Outdoor and Experiential Education Program in the Faculty of Education, Queens University. Her main research interest explores the pedagogy of making items of utility and beauty from material gathered directly from the land. From this main research area other related but seemingly eclectic interests are woven into her research publications.

Zabe MacEachren outside

Zabe MacEachren hiking winter


THESIS: Craftmaking: A Pedagogy for Environmental Awareness

Crafting as a Practice of Relating to the Natural World. (2000). Canadian Journal of Environmental Education. Vol. 5.  p 186-199

Function and Aesthetics: Defining Craftsmanship. (2004). The Journal of Experiential Education. Vol. 26 # 3. p138-151

  • This article relates Kurt Hahn’s ideas of craftsmanship with today’s notions of craft and art or function and aesthetic. It draws upon an experience of myself acting as a canoe guide and bringing spare knives for campers on a trip versus another guide choosing to bring drawing materials. You need access to a library that pays to access this journal through SAGE or pay through AEE yourself. The charge is $10.00 and can be arranged through publications@aee.org.

Australian Journal of Outdoor Education (2005). Determining why craftmaking is fundamental to outdoor education. Vol. 9 # 1 p123-30

Webinars (You may need to subscribe to view)

Green Teacher Webinar “Green Craft-Making” (original date – May 25, 2011)
Presenter: Zabe MacEachren

Chapters in Books

The Role of Craft-making in Friluftsliv. In Nature First, Outdoor Life the Friluftsliv Way. (2007). (Ed.) Bob Henderson and Nils Vikander. Dundurn Press, Toronto

On-line Journal Articles

Using Brain Research and the Experience of Knitting Socks in Teacher Education. (2011) Learning Landscape, McGill University. Autumn Vol. 5 #1. p 177-192

The Canadian Forest School Movement (2013) Learning Landscape, McGill University. Autumn Vol. 7 #1  p 219-234

Archival Publications Available On-line

From Pathways Journal by Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario (COEO). These articles all relate to Craftmaking.

Exploring Material Culture in the Barrenlands. (2012) Pathways. Vol.24 (4) p. 19-20

The Role of Making the Stuff of Life in Place-Based Education. (2011) Pathways. Spring, Vol. 23 (3) p.7-13

*Edited Entire Pathways Issue on Craftmaking as Outdoor Education. (2004) Pathways. Winter, Vol.16 (1)

Dreams: Traditional or Contemporary Technology p18-21

Making Traditional Winter Footwear p28-29

(2003) Pathways. Spring Vol. 15(2)

Ballerina Footwear: Hiking Boots. (1992) Pathways. August Vol. 4 (5) p 21-22

Crafting Around Column Written for Pathways Journal – Practitioner Based

  1. Indoor Kites. (2001) Pathways.  Autumn Vol.13(4) p18-19
  2. Spoon Carving.  (2001) Pathways. Summer  Vol.13 (3) p18-19
  3. Rawhide Shakers or Rattles (2001) Pathways.  Spring  Vol.13 (2) p 18-19
  4. The Ecology Knot  ( 2001) Pathways. Winter Vol. 13 (1) p18-19
  5. Cordage  (2000) Pathways.  Fall Vol. 12 (5) p18-19
  6. Organic Beadwork (2000) Pathways. Summer Vol. 12 (4) p18-19
  7. Carving – Trees as Teachers  (2000) Pathways.  Spring Vol.12 (3) p18-19
  8. Lanterns to Honour the Sun (2000) Pathways.  March Vol. 12 (2) p18-19

Fringes, Fiddling & Flying. (1991) Pathways.  Vol. 3  (5) p8-12

(About the feel of wearing leather)

Ode to Socks - Prospect Point. (1989) Pathways. Vol.1 (4)  p28

Other Articles Written, but not as Direct a Connection to Craftmaking

Edited Issue on Sustainability in Outdoor Education. (2006) Pathways. Summer  Vol.18(4)

My Desk Is Under My Bus Seat. (1990)Pathways. Vol.3 (1)

(About the graduate program the National Audubon Expedition were I received my MSc)