ERIC Number: ED390582
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
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Everything Is Program: Maximising the Message.
Orford, Gale B.
The message of living simply and wanting less may be the most important message outdoor educators can give their students. The nature of outdoor education provides a combination of factors that create an effective learning environment for the practice of living simply. These factors are: (1) going away from the home or school environment to a setting where actions are more related to basic survival; (2) interacting with a group--creating an entire micro-society for the duration of the trip--which can speed up the processes of personal relationships because of close living and interdependence; and (3) living close to nature, which provides the opportunity to learn about basic needs and the essentials of a quality life. To use the potential of this learning environment to the fullest, whatever time is available should contribute to the main message. Expectations can be discussed during planning sessions, the bus trip can be used to teach how to share a small space equitably with comfort for all, setting up camp can be used to teach minimal impact and balance between group versus personal space needs, and structured discussion during the bush experience itself helps participants put into perspective their role as inhabitants of Earth. Outdoor educators should model their own behavior to show participants how to integrate the message into their lives. (TD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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Identifiers: Nature; Voluntary Simplicity