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ERIC Number: ED171474
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
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The Nature of Adventure Education.
Cousineau, Claude
Man answers a natural call for adventure in many ways including escape into fantasy, vertigo seeking, kinetic euphoria, and by exercising the pioneer spirit. Adventure education can help equip people to satisfy their need for adventure in meaningful, enriching ways. A reaction to unsatisfactory educational milieus, adventure education has emerged from the philosophies of Socrates, Rousseau, Locke, Kilpatrick, Hebert, Hahn, and others, and from the combination of such endeavors as children's camps, the outdoor education and recreation movements, physical education curricula, and the experiential education movement. Most adventure education programs are guided by a humanistic philosophy of "education through adventure", and have goals similar to those of the Colorado Outward Bound School. In addition to providing environmental and cultural education, the programs strive to improve participants' self-esteem, self-awareness, self-assertion, and acceptance of others. Adventure usually involves new and unusual situations which are deliberately sought and often charismatic and offers stress, deprivation of comfort and security, and uncertain goals. Faith and the desire to succeed are important ingredients. The challenge for adventure educators is to use a problem solving approach, "guided discovery", and feedback techniques to facilitate the achievement of educational objectives and to make learning more adventuresome. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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