ERIC Number: ED187501
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Utilizing Adventure Education to Rehabilitate Juvenile Delinquents.
Golins, Gerald L.
The use of adventure based education is a new and relatively unresearched but apparently successful practice in the rehabilitation of juvenile delinquents. Courses offered by schools, state social service systems, juvenile courts, youth service bureaus, and other agencies are generally patterned after the standard Outward Bound course and involve the mastery of such outdoor pursuits as mountaineering, sailing, or river rafting. The gamelike atmosphere, the organization of participants into primary peer groups, the use of the outdoors, the nature of the problems posed, and the style of instruction are five elements of adventure education which impel a juvenile delinquent to alter his destructive ways. Programs are usually designed as cost-effective diversions to long-term institutionalization or as supplements to existing youth serving agency programs. Both types of program involve referral, orientation, the outdoor expedition itself, and thorough follow-up. Many exemplary programs exist throughout the country. Adventure based practitioners face several major issues: program follow-up; course management and staffing; and evaluation. This document includes an outline of steps in the development of an adventure education rehabilitation program; a sample program schedule; suggested teaching methodology; and a reprint of an article emphasizing the need for adequate follow-up activities. (Author/SB)
Descriptors: Adventure Education, Affective Objectives, Cost Effectiveness, Delinquency, Delinquent Rehabilitation, Experiential Learning, Outdoor Education, Program Design, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Rehabilitation Programs, Risk, Self Concept
National Educational Laboratory Publishers, Inc., 813 Airport Boulevard, Austin, TX 78702 (Stock No. EC-084, $7.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Las Cruces, NM.