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ERIC Number: ED171455
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jan
Pages: 15
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Environmental Education--A Unique Therapy.
Aronson, Lisa
Under the direction of the National Audubon Society Expedition, a special nine-month school tours the United States and in the process its students learn all about their country and come to a better understanding of themselves as well. Each year approximately 20 students from diverse backgrounds and ranging in age from 15 to 23 years participate in the expedition which was formed by educators Mike and Diana Cohen. The group travels across the country in a school bus, camping along the way. It draws questions from the social and natural environment around it and finds answers through talks with experts such as farmers, scientists, historians, musicians, and rangers. Reading, observation, written work, and group critiques are also important. During one expedition year the young people spent two weeks working on a Mennonite farm, lived another two weeks on a Hopi reservation studying Hopi religious ceremonials, and explored tropical reefs on the island of St. John. The program not only teaches conservation and environmental appreciation, it also functions as a form of therapy in which students learn to be curious and probing, to listen to their feelings, and to question their values and those of the society around them. This paper summarizes the experiences of one of the participants in the program with particular emphasis directed toward the psychological benefits to be gained. (DS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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