ERIC Number: ED247057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
Characteristics of Bicycling as a Viable Component to Outdoor Adventure Programming.
Bicycling is a valuable medium for outdoor experiential learning. Bicycling shares with other outdoor learning activities some common elements such as environmental contrast, physical activity, a small group context, and a self-reliant form of transportation. However, bicycling has several unique characteristics that set it apart from other common outdoor activities. It lacks a wilderness setting; it involves distraction in urban areas, a relationship between the rider and the bicycle, and safety. Nonetheless, a bicycling program can accomplish the same programmatic goals as other experiential outdoor learning media. Four bicycling programs (Mankato State University's Teaching Strategies in Outdoor Skills course, the American Youth Hostel recreational cycling program, Mankato State University's Outdoor Recreation Committee program, and Concordia College's Bicycle Touring in Europe program) all emphasize the tenets of experiential learning and share common characteristics of outdoor learning. Using and enhancing the unique aspects of cycling, these and other programs can implement a process of learning that involves participants through commitment, reflection, and transfer of the experience. Appendices include various course handouts, guidelines, and outlines. (SB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: American Youth Hostels Inc; Concordia College MN; Hostels; Mankato State University MN
Note: Presented in partial fulfillment of the Requirements for the Master of Science Degree, Mankato State University, Minnesota.