NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED171441
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Teaching in a Cold Environment.
Ewert, Alan
Instructors who teach outdoors in an environment so cold as to cause injury must satisfy program objectives while avoiding cold injury to themselves and students, help students focus on learning instead of discomfort, and alleviate some students' intense fear of the cold. Dealing with the cold successfully requires a thorough knowledge of: physiological reactions to the cold (shivering, vasodilation); fundamental laws of heat transfer; the causes and current treatments of the most common cold injuries (snowblindness, earache, dehydration, chillblains, hypothermia, and frostbite); and some specific techniques for staying warm (proper clothing properly worn, sleeping warmly, group shelters, "huddling"). Prior to the actual field experience instructors should alleviate fear of the cold by talking about it; teach students about cold injury, the appearance of a healthy body, and techniques for staying warm; establish communication with the students; and conduct a preparatory overnight trip. During the field experience itself instructors should teach by example; guard against dehydration; assume nothing about a student's knowledge or ability until it is observed; transfer much of the responsibility for keeping warm and healthy to the students; and maximize successes. Evaluation of the experience will improve future cold-environment outdoor teaching. (SB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A