ERIC Number: ED225799
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Outward Bound Bridging Course 1981: An Investigation and Evaluation of an Outward Bound Remedial Programme (Unlocking Achievement Ability through Experiential Education).
Richards, Garry E.; Richards, Mary J. F.
In 1981, 12 under-achieving boys (average age 15 years) from a Sydney (Australia) inner-city Catholic school with a predominantly low socio-economic and high ethnic population were exposed to a 6-week long residential Outward Bound Bridging Course Remedial Programme. The aim of the programme was to produce significant gains in the cognitive domain, especially in language and mathematics, through an integrated programme of remedial teaching, normal schoolwork and experiences (expeditions, ropes courses, rafting) likely to influence personality in general and self concept/self-esteem in particular. The study was designed to (1) attempt to replicate in part some of the findings of the 1980 pilot programme, (2) implement more effective processes, and (3) institute a more comprehensive evaluation of the programme to more fully understand results and processes involved. A comprehensive attitudinal self-report evaluation questionnaire showed at the end of the programme students were more hopeful about their futures; positive and confident about schoolwork; happier, more co-operative and having a greater enjoyment of learning. Ten appendices contain an outline of 1980 pilot programme, student profiles, summary of changes and correlations, achievement test results, Bridging Course evaluation questionnaire, Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory results, results of a high school personality questionnaire, programme information, students' comments, and a 140-item bibliography. (ERB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adventure Education, Attitude Measures, Cognitive Development, Foreign Countries, Outdoor Education, Personality Development, Remedial Programs, Secondary Education, Self Concept
The Australian Outward Bound Foundation, Box 4213, G.P.O. Sydney, N.S.W., Australia ($10.00 Australian).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Outward Bound School, Sydney.