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Pete Allison

by rjp218 Oct 30, 2017
Pete Allison

Associate Professor - Values and Experiential Learning

Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management

College of Health and Human Development

801 B Ford Building
University Park PA 16802

Office Phone: (814) 863-5559


Pete started at Penn State in 2016 in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management. For the previous 15 years he was at The University of Edinburgh (Scotland) where he was Head of the Graduate School of Education and Sport. His research interests are in values and experiential learning particularly focusing on the role of wilderness, exploration and adventure in contributing to authenticity and development of phronesis. Pete is particularly interested in the work of Aristotle, Charles Taylor, Alasdair MacIntyre, John Dewey and Kurt Hahn. In recent years Pete has been working with Connecting Cultures in Oman – a project funded by United Nations and Sultan Qaboos which brings together young people from all over the world to engage in cross cultural dialogue in the desert.

Pete has led expeditions to Greenland, Africa and the Himalaya and is a keen skier and canoeist. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (London) and the Explorers Club of New York. He recently received the Hazel Bain award for outstanding contribution to Snowsports and the Young Explorers Trust Stephenson Award for contribution to expeditions for young people. Pete has worked with the Duke of Edinburgh Award in Scotland and is committed to the International Award and Outward Bound – both organisations started by Kurt Hahn.

Pete supervises students researching sail training, expeditions, citizenship, long term benefits of wilderness and cross cultural education.

Research Interests

Moral Education

Values enrichment


Cross cultural Education