ERIC Number: ED195544
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov-6
Reference Count: 0
Outdoor Education in the 80's--The Urban Challenge.
Ezersky, Eugene M.
Outdoor education is a "process of education, a way of teaching which uses the outdoors as the major education facility and which actively involves students in the real world situations where learning takes place." Population shifts now place more than 85 per cent of the population in an urban society. If children from these environments are to develop a sense of understanding of the natural environment which sustains their lives in the man-made environment of the city, they should be able to appreciate and participate in recreational opportunities that abound in the outdoor environment. Resources and facilities for outdoor education for this largely neglected audience must be within their experiential background and should focus on all aspects of urban life. Experiences in the natural environment and in the man-made environment should be made available to all children. Urban outdoor education camps, exchange programs among rural and urban children, and professional education for outdoor educators can be developed to improve the quality of education and life for all students. Recreation skills and facilities which can flourish in the inner city must also be developed. Effective outdoor education will help children and citizens to realize that they must improve their cities and create a type of urban beauty to match the beauty of nature. (CJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Recreation Conference of the State University College at Cortland (30th, Cortland, NY, November 6, 1980).