ERIC Number: ED264067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Outdoor Education: Beyond the Classroom Walls. Fastback Series 232.
Rillo, Thomas J.
Outdoor education provides a setting in which students learn to discover things for themselves and should be an integral part of school curriculum. Beginning as soon as students and teachers step beyond the classroom, outdoor education employs methods of observation/discovery, research, and reflection. Small group instruction allowing full use of the five senses is necessary to a successful program as are references and resource materials at the program site. Teachers are not required to be subject specialists, but should have basic preparation in the techniques of outdoor education. An outdoor education committee is desirable to establish needs, articulate philosophies, plan the curriculum, collect resources and prepare materials, arrange inservice training, and evaluate the program. Types of outdoor education programs include resident, day-long, recreational, or cultural/aesthetic and each of these can be academic-centered or camp-centered. Methods of correlating outdoor education with school curriculum include vertical articulation, horizonal articulation, and modular approaches. Program evaluation is essential and should focus on specific objectives, particularly the personal meaning of the outdoor experience for each individual. A list of 8 objectives for experiences gained in an outdoor education program are provided and 12-20 outdoor activities are suggested for each of 7 curriculum areas. (LFL) activities are suggested for each of 7 curriculum areas. A list of resources on outdoor education concludes the document. (LFL)
Descriptors: Course Evaluation, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Enrichment, Discovery Learning, Educational Innovation, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Learning Activities, Nontraditional Education, Outdoor Activities, Outdoor Education, Program Implementation
Phi Delta Kappa, Eighth and Union, Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402 ($0.75).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.