ERIC Number: ED207747
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Staff Development: Developing a Top-Notch Staff in an Outdoor Wilderness Program Is Similar to Building an Orchestra.
Staff development at Project Development through Adventure Responsibility and Education (D.A.R.E.), an outdoor experiential education program for troubled youth, administered by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, Children's Service Division, stresses three components: the selection process, training progressions, and evaluation. Because most individuals associated with the program have an "on the line working life of approximately two years," staff recruitment must be continuous and is directed toward universities, community colleges, "outdoor enthusiasts," and childcare workers where D.A.R.E.'s services are generally known. Staff training, designed to acclimatize staff to the physical plant, geographical area, and natural resources available, consists of six stages: 2-3 day observation period; rookie staff training focusing on program components, outdoor skills and basic procedures, and a training school visit; staff meeting covering procedures, manuals, Ministry policies and their implication; in-service training; staff training stressing winter activities and safety; and staff and program evaluation and recommendations. Formal and informal feedback encourages staff awareness of their role and permits administrators to identify contributions and problem areas of their staff so appropriate measures can be applied. Appendices include an applicant outdoor skills checklist, three staff training calendars, and a staff assessment form. (AW)
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, Inservice Education, Job Training, Outdoor Activities, Outdoor Education, Personnel Evaluation, Personnel Management, Personnel Selection, Physical Environment, Recruitment, Skill Development, Staff Development, Staff Orientation, Training Methods
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ontario; Project DARE; Wilderness Education Programs
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference for Experiential Educators (St. Louis, MO, September 1978). For related documents, see RC 012919-920.