My research interests include the theory and practice of experiential education including integrated learning, project-based learning, active learning, and community-based learning. I am also interested in the intersections between environment, culture, and curriculum including place-based education and education for sustainability.


2015 Experiential Education in the College Context: What it is, how it works, and why it matters. Routledge Press

2012 Roberts, Jay. Beyond Learning By Doing: Theoretical Currents in Experiential Education. NY: Routeledge Press.


2013 Roberts, J. “The Campus and Community As A Learning Laboratory: Possibilities and Limitations” in Teaching Sustainability: Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences, Texas A & M Press.

2008 Roberts, Jay. “Beyond Learning By Doing: Experiential Education and Brain-Based Learning,” in The Theory and Practice of Experiential Education.

2004 Roberts, Jay. “Future Trends in Experiential Education: The Brain Compatible Approach.” Educational Psychology: Annual Editions.  Re-print, 2003, 2004.


2018 “Experiential Education Research and Its Limits.” Essay framing the special issue of the Journal of Experiential Education with a focus on Higher Education. In press.

2018 “Re-Placing Outdoor Education: Diversity, Inclusion, and the Micro-adventures of the Everyday.” Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 10(1), pp. 20-32.

2013 “Experiencing Sustainability: Thinking Deeper About Experiential Education in Higher Education.” Journal of Sustainability Education, May 2013.

2008 Roberts, Jay. “From Experience to Neo-Experientialism: Variations on a Theme.” Journal of Experiential Education, Fall 2008

2008 Roberts, Jay and Kathleeen Knight-Abowitz. “The Fallacies of Flatness: A Review of Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat.” Journal of the Philosophy of Education, Spring 2008.

2006 Roberts, Jay. “Education, Eco-Progressivism, and the Nature of School Reform. Journal of Educational Studies. Spring 2006.

2005 Roberts, Jay.“Disney, Dewey, and the Death of Experience in Education.” Journal of Education and Culture. Fall 2005.

2002 Roberts, Jay. “Beyond Learning By Doing: The Brain Compatible Approach.” Journal of Experiential Education. Vol. 25 (2). Pgs. 281-286.


2009 Working the Faith: Friends, Higher Education, and the Question of Environmental Sustainability.” Quaker Higher Education Quarterly, Spring 2009

1999 Roberts, Jay. “On Learning Experimentally.” Friends Association for Higher Education Newsletter, Vol. XIX, No. 2.


2016 “Re (placing) Outdoor Education: Diversity, Inclusion, and the Micro-Adventures of the Everyday.” International Outdoor Education Research Conference. Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia.

2010 “Lifting the Roots: The Concept of Experience in Environmental Education.” American Educational Research Association (AERA) National Conference. Denver, CO, April 2010.

2009 “It’s About More Than Just The Physical Plant: Why Greening The Curriculum in Higher Education Matters.” American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE): Greening of The Campus Conference, Indianapolis, IN, September 2009.

2007 “Do the Mountains Speak for Themselves? Variations of experience in outdoor and experiential education.” Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society, Dayton, OH, October 2007.

2006 “A Fragile and Incomplete Project: Curriculum Theorizing in Experiential Education.” American Educational Studies Association Conference, Spokane, WA, November 2006

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