ERIC Number: ED036476
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Experiential Training of Teachers. Director's Report.
Outward Bound, Inc., Andover, MA.
Three 5-week summer Outward Bound practicums (two in conjunction with Colorado State College and one with Dartmouth College) were conducted for 106 teachers in response to the need for humane, secure teachers who understand the need for a holistic approach to education. The program consisted of a 26-day Outward Bound course and a debriefing workshop on the personal and professional implications of the outdoor education experience. Course components included initiative tests, rock climbing, rapelling, first aid, solo, expeditions and service, group problem solving and leadership dynamics, and interdisciplinary seminars on such topics as alienation, motivation, communication. Weaknesses of the program can be corrected by improved staff training, some minor program changes, more reliable admissions procedures, and more time devoted to analysis of how the Outward Bound process can best be applied to education. Questionnaires, interviews, and observation (six months later) indicate that the program was successful in that teachers exhibit behavior indicating they are warmer, more secure, more daring, more flexible in their classroom procedures, and more willing to give students responsibility for defining their own education. (Included are summary of the independent evaluation and a course description and schedule.) (JS)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Bureau of Educational Personnel Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Outward Bound, Inc., Andover, MA.