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ERIC Number: ED256524
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Outdoor Leadership Certification: Documentation of Experience or Limitation of Freedom.
Raiola, Ed
One of the exciting and sometimes frustrating elements of participating in the field of outdoor wilderness education and recreation involves not only the issue of ensuring that practicing professionals function with competence, safety and prudence, but that they have knowledge and skills gained from many disciplines and a variety of life experiences. The issue of outdoor wilderness recreation leadership has become a national concern both within the profession and from organizations employing outdoor program services. One of the keys in solving this problem lies in approaching the issue not from the point of view of developing a "certification" but rather developing some tools that will enhance our ability to reasonably "document experiences" of outdoor leaders. While a number of professional, state, and educational organizations/agencies have addressed the issue of certification to require basic competency levels, there should be a variety of schools, programs, or courses that work to provide potential leaders with the education and experiences that will "document" their level of experience. This documentation must come from a variety of sources, including courses taken, certifications held, job and life experiences, and recommendations from practicing professionals. (LRL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A