My scholarship is centered on the intersections between education, culture, and environment. I write on experiential education, place, sustainability, and educational innovation.


2020 Under Contract. Risky Learning: Teaching Through Uncertainty to Maximize Student Success. Routledge Press

2016 Experiential Education in the College Context: What it is, how it works, and why it matters. Routledge Press.

2012 Beyond Learning By Doing: Theoretical Currents in Experiential Education. NY: Routledge Press.


2019 “What’s A Project?” in Catch A Fire: Fueling inquiry and passion through project-based learning,” Portage and Main Press.

2013 “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 “Beyond Learning By Doing: Experiential Education and Brain-Based Learning,” in The Theory and Practice of Experiential Education.

2004 “Future Trends in Experiential Education: The Brain Compatible Approach.” Educational Psychology: Annual Editions. 


2018 “From the Editor: The Possibilities and Limitations of Experiential Learning Research in Higher Education.” Journal of Experiential Education41(1), 3–7. 

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

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

2008 Roberts, J. and Kathleeen Knight-Abowitz. “The Fallacies of Flatness: A Review of Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat.” Journal of the Philosophy of Education, 41(3), 471-481.

2005 “Disney, Dewey, and the Death of Experience in Education.” Journal of Education and Culture, 21(2), 12-30.

2002 “Beyond Learning By Doing: The Brain Compatible Approach.” Journal of Experiential Education. 25(2), 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.

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