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Michael A Boyes

Mike-BoyesAssociate Professor
MNZM, BEd, Dip Tchg, MEd(PE), PhD.
Tel +64 3 479 9056
Email mike.boyes@otago.ac.nz

Background

Dr Mike Boyes is an Associate Professor in outdoor education at the School of Physical Education.  He has a background of teaching outdoor education and physical education in secondary schools before spending 10 years in teacher education. He joined the School in 1998 to focus on outdoor education research and served as the Dean of the School 2006-7. Mike is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning (JAEOL), the Australian Journal of Outdoor Education (AJOE) and the New Zealand Journal of Outdoor Education (NZJOE).

Mike has held number of outdoor instructor awards and is a life member of Education Outdoors New Zealand (EONZ), also serving on the National Executive. He is a past chairperson of Outdoors New Zealand (ONZ), chairs the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council's research committee and is a Council member. Mike is a past editor of the Journal of Physical Education New Zealand and in 2002 established the New Zealand Journal of Outdoor Education. In 2005 he was recognised as the Otago University Students Association Postgraduate Supervisor of the Year.  In 2007 he was awarded the NZ Sport and Recreation Commission's (SPARC) supreme award for services to outdoor recreation and in 2010 was awarded membership of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to mountain safety and outdoor recreation. In 2013 he was awarded a NZ Mountain Safety Council Award for voluntary service to mountain safety.

Teaching

Research

Dr Boyes' research primarily focuses on outdoor education and outdoor recreation. He is particularly interested in teaching and learning in the outdoors, outdoor recreation, ecojustice and sustainability, outdoor leadership, and adventure engagement by older people. Dr Boyes works with both post-positivist and interpretive methodologies and regularly employs mixed-methods research designs with qualitative and quantitative data gathering and analysis. He has completed funded research projects for New Zealand Outward Bound, The Spirit of Adventure Trust, the International Sail Training Association, The New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association, SPARC, NZ Mountain Safety Council, Outdoors New Zealand and the World Wildlife Trust.

His current research projects include children and safety management, the experience of time in the outdoors, outdoor education and the social exchange of emotional support, intuition and analysis in outdoor decision making and the social risks of adventure sports.

Postgraduate Students

Current Students

  • Scarlett Hagen, Embodied riders: Mountain bike affect
  • Shannon McNatty, Girls outdoor education
  • Margie Lazar, Yoga and wellbeing
  • Steve Parker, Herbalism & outdoor education
  • Helen Collins, Preschool children's activation levels in the outdoor programme of an early childhood centre.
  • Marisa Moon, Barriers to outdoor education participation
  • Anna Eade, Personal development arising from outdoor education

Graduates

  • Shogo Tanaka, Rugby player's acculturation (2014), co-supervisor
  • Annie Dignan, Women's experiences of joy in the outdoors (2013), co-supervisor
  • Scarlett Hagen, The downhill mountain bike subculture in New Zealand (2013)
  • Shannon McNatty, Girls identity and learning in outdoor education (2013)
  • Allen Hill, Re-envisioning sustainable outdoor education (2011)
  • Nalani Hokowhitu, Native Hawaiian women's stories of the voyaging canoe Hokule'a (2011), co-supervisor
  • Susan Houge, Cognitive mechanisms in high flow recreation: Reversal theory and flow (2009), co-supervisor
  • Martin Julseth, Towards an ecological consciousness (2011), co-supervisor
  • John Kapa, Three generations walking through the whenua (2009)

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Publications

Koni, E., Moradi, S., Arahanga-Doyle, H., Neha, T., Hayhurst, J. G., Boyes, M., Cruwys, T., Hunter, J. A., & Scarf, D. (2019). Promoting resilience in adolescents: A new social identity benefits those who need it most. PLoS ONE, 14(1), e0210521. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0210521

Scarf, D., Kafka, S., Hayhurst, J., Jang, K., Boyes, M., Thomson, R., & Hunter, J. A. (2018). Satisfying psychological needs on the high seas: Explaining increases self-esteem following an Adventure Education Programme. Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning, 18(2), 165-175. doi: 10.1080/14729679.2017.1385496

Boyes, M., Potter, T., Andkjaer, S., & Lindner, M. (2018). The role of planning in outdoor adventure decision-making. Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/14729679.2018.1548364

Boyes, M., Potter, T., Andkjaer, S., & Lindner, M. (2018). Outdoor decision making as planned behaviour. Proceedings of the 8th International Outdoor Education Research Conference. (pp. 22). Retrieved from https://www.usc.edu.au/explore/structure/faculty-of-science-health-education-and-engineering/school-of-education/8th-international-outdoor-education-research-conference

Boyes, M. (2018, July). Planning for flexible decision making in the outdoors. Workshop presentation at the Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ) 60th National Conference: Together, Towards Tomorrow, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Chapter in Book - Research

Kafka, S., Hayhurst, J. G., Boyes, M., Scarf, D., Ruffman, T., & Hunter, J. A. (2016). Charting a course to self-esteem: Evidence from four independent studies showing elevated self-esteem following in a 10-day voyage. In F. Holloway (Ed.), Self-esteem: Perspectives, influences and improvement strategies. (pp. 195-230). Nova Science.

Boyes, M. (2016). Age and the outdoors. In B. Humberstone, H. Prince & K. A. Henderson (Eds.), Routledge international handbook of outdoor studies. (pp. 369-377). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315768465

Boyes, M., & Houge Mackenzie, S. (2015). Concepts of the wilderness experience and adventure mountaineering tourism. In G. Musa, J. Higham & A. Thompson-Carr (Eds.), Mountaineering tourism. (pp. 66-84). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Wattchow, B., & Boyes, M. (2014). Through curriculum renewal: An Aotearoa-New Zealand case study. In B. Wattchow, R. Jeanes, L. Alfrey, T. Brown, A. Cutter-Mackenzie & J. O'Connor (Eds.), The socioecological educator: A 21st century renewal of physical, health, environment and outdoor education. (pp. 71-87). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-7167-3

Boyes, M. (2012). Historical and contemporary trends in outdoor education. In D. Irwin, J. Straker & A. Hill (Eds.), Outdoor education in Aotearoa New Zealand: A new version for the Twenty First Century. (pp. 26-45). Christchurch, New Zealand: CPIT.

Kafka, S., Hunter, J. A., Boyes, M., Hayhurst, J., Stringer, M., & O'Brien, K. (2011). An outdoor educational experience that facilitates the elevation of self-esteem but not the negative outcomes often associated with high self-esteem. In D. F. Chun-Lok & V. Y. Wang-Yan (Eds.), Evidence-based education. Nova Science.

Boyes, M. (2011). Bringing wilderness home: The challenge facing outdoor education. In M. Abbott & R. Reeve (Eds.), Wild heart: The possibility of wilderness in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 34-39). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Boyes, M. (2010). Outdoor adventures for the Third Age. In B. Humberstone (Ed.), Third Age and leisure research: Principles and practice. (pp. 81-95). Eastbourne, UK: Leisure Studies Association.

Hunter, J. A., Cox, S. L., O'Brien, K., Stringer, M., Boyes, M., Banks, M., Hayhurst, J. G., & Crawford, M. (2008). Low public collective self-esteem, domain specific self-esteem and heightened intergroup discrimination amongst artificial and real groups. In A. P. Prescott (Ed.), The concept of self in psychology. (pp. 183-214). New York: Nova Science.

Boyes, M. A. (2005). Making teaching decisions in the outdoors: Optimising learning and safety. In T. J. Dickson, T. Gray & B. Hayllar (Eds.), Outdoor and experiential learning: Views from the top. (pp. 220-229). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Print.

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Journal - Research Article

Koni, E., Moradi, S., Arahanga-Doyle, H., Neha, T., Hayhurst, J. G., Boyes, M., Cruwys, T., Hunter, J. A., & Scarf, D. (2019). Promoting resilience in adolescents: A new social identity benefits those who need it most. PLoS ONE, 14(1), e0210521. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0210521

Scarf, D., Kafka, S., Hayhurst, J., Jang, K., Boyes, M., Thomson, R., & Hunter, J. A. (2018). Satisfying psychological needs on the high seas: Explaining increases self-esteem following an Adventure Education Programme. Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning, 18(2), 165-175. doi: 10.1080/14729679.2017.1385496

Boyes, M., Potter, T., Andkjaer, S., & Lindner, M. (2018). The role of planning in outdoor adventure decision-making. Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/14729679.2018.1548364

Scarf, D., Hayhurst, J. G., Riordan, B. C., Boyes, M., Ruffman, T., & Hunter, J. A. (2017). Increasing resilience in adolescents: The importance of social connectedness in adventure education programmes. Australasian Psychiatry, 25(2), 154-156. doi: 10.1177/1039856216671668

Hagen, S., & Boyes, M. (2016). Affective ride experiences on mountain bike terrain. Journal of Outdoor Recreation & Tourism, 15, 89-98. doi: 10.1016/j.jort.2016.07.006

Scarf, D., Moradi, S., McGaw, K., Hewitt, J., Hayhurst, J. G., Boyes, M., Ruffman, T., & Hunter, J. A. (2016). Somewhere I belong: Long-term increases in adolescents’ resilience are predicted by perceived belonging to the in-group. British Journal of Social Psychology, 55(3), 588-599. doi: 10.1111/bjso.12151

Boyes, M., & Potter, T. (2015). The application of recognition-primed decision theory to decisions made in an outdoor education context. Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, 18(1), 2-15.

Hayhurst, J., Hunter, J. A., Kafka, S., & Boyes, M. (2015). Enhancing resilience in youth through a 10-day developmental voyage. Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning, 15(1), 40-52. doi: 10.1080/14729679.2013.843143

Houge Mackenzie, S., Hodge, K., & Boyes, M. (2013). The multiphasic and dynamic nature of flow in adventure experiences. Journal of Leisure Research, 45(2), 214-232.

Boyes, M. (2013). Outdoor adventure and successful ageing. Ageing & Society, 33(4), 644-665. doi: 10.1017/S0144686X12000165

Hunter, J. A., Hayhurst, J., Kafka, S., Boyes, M., Ruffman, T., O'Brien, K., & Stringer, M. (2013). Elevated self-esteem 12 months following a 10-day developmental voyage. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43(9), 1956-1961. doi: 10.1111/jasp.12132

Kafka, S., Hunter, J. A., Hayhurst, J., Boyes, M., Thomson, R. L., Clarke, H., … O'Brien, K. S. (2012). A 10-day developmental voyage: Converging evidence from three studies showing that self-esteem may be elevated and maintained without negative outcomes. Social Psychology of Education, 15(4), 571-601. doi: 10.1007/s11218-012-9177-3

Cosgriff, M., Legge, M., Brown, M., Boyes, M., Zink, R., & Irwin, D. (2012). Outdoor learning in Aotearoa New Zealand: Voices past, present, and future. Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning, 12(3), 221-235. doi: 10.1080/14729679.2012.699808

Boyes, M. A., & O'Hare, D. (2011). Examining naturalistic decision making in outdoor adventure contexts by computer simulation. Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, 15(1), 22-34.

Houge Mackenzie, S., Hodge, K., & Boyes, M. (2011). Expanding the flow model in adventure activities: A reversal theory perspective. Journal of Leisure Research, 43(4), 519-544.

Houge, S., Hodge, K., & Boyes, M. (2010). The phasic nature of flow in high risk recreation. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, & Leadership, 2(2), 159-162.

Zink, R., & Boyes, M. (2007). The nature and scope of outdoor education in New Zealand schools. New Zealand Journal of Outdoor Education, 2(2), 57-80.

Green, J., & Boyes, M. (2006). Deer hunting in New Zealand: Safety lessons from the field. New Zealand Journal of Outdoor Education, 2(1), 2-15.

Zink, R., & Boyes, M. (2006). The nature and scope of outdoor education in New Zealand Schools. Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, 10(1), 11-21.

Hunter, J. A., Cox, S. L., O'Brien, K., Stringer, M., Boyes, M., Banks, M., Hayhurst, J. G., & Crawford, M. (2005). Threats to group value, domain-specific self-esteem and intergroup discrimination amongst minimal and national groups. British Journal of Social Psychology, 44(3), 329-353. doi: 10.1348/014466604X17939

Hunter, J. A., Kypri, K., Stokell, N. M., Boyes, M., O'Brien, K. S., & McMenamin, K. E. (2004). Social identity, self-evaluation and in-group bias: The relative importance of particular domains of self-esteem to the in-group. British Journal of Social Psychology, 43(1), 59-81. doi: 10.1348/014466604322915980

Boyes, M. A., & O'Hare, D. P. (2003). Between safety and risk: A model for outdoor adventure decision making. Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning, 3(1), 63-75.

Pearce, K. K., & Boyes, M. A. (2002). Determining readiness for therapeutic adventure programs: The transtheoretical model. Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, 7(1), 36-44.

Mygind, E., & Boyes, M. A. (2001). The recreational use of natural environments by Danish and New Zealand tertiary students. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 17, 41-46.

Boyes, M. A. (2000). The place of outdoor education in the health and physical education curriculum. Journal of Physical Education New Zealand, 33(2), 75-88.

Grant, B., Thompson, S., & Boyes, M. (1996). Risk and responsibility in the outdoors: a review. MOA, Spring/Sum, 3-7.

Grant, B. C., Thompson, S. M., & Boyes, M. (1996). Risk and responsibility in outdoor recreation. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 67(7), 34-35.

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Journal - Research Other

Boyes, M., & Hill, A. (2016). River crossing revisited: Bushcraft instructors' beliefs and values. New Zealand Physical Educator, 49(1), 20-22.

Hunter, J. A., Kafka, S., Hayhurst, J., Clarke, H. B., Dickerson, D., Harold, G., Boyes, M., O'Brien, K., & Stringer, M. (2010). Increased self-efficacy following a ten-day developmental voyage [Letter]. Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health, 22(1), 63-65. doi: 10.2989/17280583.2010.496943

Zink, R., & Boyes, M. (2005). What is going on outside the classroom in New Zealand schools: Some findings from the EOTC survey. Out & About, 15, 15-18.

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Boyes, M. A. (2002). Accentuate the sequential: Outdoor education and sequential learning programmes. Education Today, 1 (Term 1), 12.

Boyes, M. A. (2000). Managing risks and safety. New Zealand Physical Educator, 2(2), 5-6.

Boyes, M. A. (2000). Outdoor safety management practices. Out & About, 3(Autumn), 7-9.

Boyes, M. A. (2000). Outdoor sector qualifications and awards. Out & About, (4), 21-25.

Maxted, J. R., & Boyes, M. A. (2000). NZOIA membership survey: An overview. NZOIA Quarterly, 12(March), 1-3.

Boyes, M. A. (2000). Safety outdoors. Education Today, 3(Term 2), 7 and 12.

Boyes, M. A. (2000). Safety in outdoor education. Parent & School, 30(2), 17.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Abbott, M., & Boyes, M. (2011). Examining the potential of the Public Conservation Lands of Aotearoa New Zealand. In M. Abbott & M. Boyes (Eds.), Proceedings of the Public Conservation Lands Research Symposium. (pp. 8-11). Dunedin, New Zealand: Centre for Research on National Identity, University of Otago. [Full Paper]

Boyes, M. (2010). Re-envisioning nature from a New Zealand Māori perspective. Proceedings of the 10th European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning (EOE) Annual Conference. (pp. 94-99). Ljubljana, Slovenija: Center šolskih in obšolskih dejavnosti. [Full Paper]

Houge, S. P., Hodge, K., & Boyes, M. (2010). A positive learning spiral of skill development in high-risk recreation: Reversal theory and flow. Journal of Experiential Education, 32(3), (pp. 285-289). [Full Paper]

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