ERIC Number: ED198993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov-10
Reference Count: 0
The Schools Discover OUTWARD BOUND: Colorado Springs School District 11 Experiential Education Program 1968-1975.
Nold, Joseph J.
Development of an Outward Bound program for the Colorado Springs School District was divided into seven phases covering nine years. Phase I (1967-1969) was a feasibility study at the community level, using professional Outward Bound staff. During Phase II (1970-1971), an organizational plan was developed that involved students, teachers, and administration, all of whom participated in some Outward Bound experiences. A central coordinating committee set preliminary goals and provided coordination. Curricula combined traditional cognitive academic learning with outdoor wilderness activities. Phase III (1972-1973) stressed faculty development. Teachers visited other outdoor experiential education programs in Colorado as part of a Program Development Clinic. In an Advanced Leadership Clinic, skilled and versatile teachers were instructed in training skills to enable them to train other teachers. During Phase IV (1973-1974), model programs were developed at two high schools and one junior high school. During Phase V, a group of 30 administrators, principals, teachers, counsellors, parents, and students was chosen to give feedback on outdoor experiential education, to assess the program. Although there was some criticism at the educational level, the prime criticism was organizational. A set of objectives evolved from the assessment. Phase VI was a proposal for an institutional support system. The focus of Phase VII was a project development model. (CM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Administration, Administrator Attitudes, Community Programs, Curriculum Development, Evaluation Methods, Experiential Learning, Faculty Development, Feasibility Studies, Minority Groups, Models, Motivation, Outdoor Education, Policy Formation, Program Development, Resource Allocation, Risk, Safety, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: El Pomar Foundation, Colorado Springs, CO.
Authoring Institution: Colorado Outward Bound School, Denver.
Identifiers: Colorado (Colorado Springs); Outward Bound; Wilderness Education Programs