ERIC Number: ED205348
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
The Importance of Resident Outdoor Education Objectives and Activities as Perceived by the Participants (A Research Report). Taft Campus Occasional Paper XXXVI.
Swan, Malcolm, Comp.
Findings of this November 1980 study indicated that outdoor education staff and classroom teachers should consider not only what they perceive to be important, but also, what children and parents consider important as outcomes and activities for resident outdoor education (ROE). An opinionnaire, designed to test whether participant groups in ROE programs attached different levels of importance to an objective or activity, was administered to 329 children, 168 parents, 27 classroom teachers and 41 ROE teachers prior to participation in 4 ROE programs in Illinois and Wisconsin. The opinionnaire asked subjects to rate four broad categories of objectives (increasing social skills, building on school subjects, improving self-concept, and developing an interest and understanding of the natural world and man's place in it) and rank corresponding activities. Results indicated that building interest in the environment was considered the most important objective area and the second most important activity category. All respondent groups rated building on school subjects as the least important objective and activity area. Agreement did not exist between ROE participant groups as to relative importance of all objectives or activities. Teachers and ROE staff tended to give greater importance to self-concept and social areas than did children and parents. (NEC)
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Experiential Learning, Objectives, Outdoor Activities, Outdoor Education, Parent Attitudes, Participant Satisfaction, Resident Camp Programs, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northern Illinois Univ., Oregon. Larado Taft Field Campus. Dept. of Outdoor Teacher Education.
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