ERIC Number: ED251853
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Composition Class: Outward Bound.
A college English teacher, dissatisfied with the approach used in her composition classes and with its results, turned to the Outward Bound concepts of the German physician and schoolmaster, Kurt Hahn. These concepts include a belief in the value of creating adversity in order to overcome it, a belief that important things happen to people who are under stress and being challenged that are different from those met in everyday life, a belief that there are some things that cannot be taught although they can be learned, and a belief in teaching an attitude that will help people survive rather than teaching survival itself. Realizing that this philosophy is relevant to the composition classroom as well, the teacher restructured the goals of her writing assignments in light of the essential goals of the Outward Bound program: (1) self-discovery, (2) the extending of perspectives, (3) the appreciation of choices as critical to comfort, (4) the extending of problem solving abilities, and (5) a concern for others. She found that each of these goals had an application in the composition classroom and, embodied in exercises, appeared to have a beneficial effect on the growth of the student--not only as a writer but also as a person. The teacher, too, benefited from the approach. (RBW)
Descriptors: Creative Teaching, Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Decision Making Skills, Discovery Processes, Educational Innovation, Higher Education, Learning Strategies, Learning Theories, Problem Solving, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Teacher Improvement, Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hahn (Kurt); Outward Bound
Note: Paper presented at the Fall Conference of the College English Association of Ohio (Akron, OH, October 19-20, 1984).