ERIC Number: ED294706
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Creating Humane Climates Outdoors: A People Skills Primer.
Knapp, Clifford E.
Designed to provide practical assistance in implementing outdoor learning experiences for youth and adults, this book helps professionals plan their leadership development programs and create more humane climates in a variety of outdoor settings. The book treats the three topics of self-knowledge, human communities, and outdoor-environmental awareness and values. Chapter 1 deals with building intentional communities, focusing on the necessary conditions for a sense of community and the interpersonal skills needed for getting along better with others in groups. Definitions and checklists for program evaluation are included. Chapter 2 examines intrapersonal and interpersonal skills and explains how these skills can be learned in the outdoors. Chapter 3 presents numerous outdoor learning activities. Exercises for building intrapersonal skills deal with becoming aware of feelings, affirming personal worth, demonstrating humor and imagination, recognizing personal power and growth potential, taking risks, making decisions, setting goals, deferring judgment, and identifying personal wants and needs. Exercises for interpersonal skill enhancement deal with communicating thoughts and feelings, empathizing, interpreting nonverbal language, questioning, validating others, getting to know and trust others, dealing effectively with group conflict, cooperating, and listening and responding to others. Appendices include an annotated bibliography of 33 entries. (JHZ)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Annotated Bibliographies, Community, Environmental Education, Group Dynamics, Group Experience, Group Unity, Human Relations, Humanistic Education, Interpersonal Communication, Leadership, Learning Activities, Outdoor Activities, Outdoor Education, Secondary Education, Self Concept
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Las Cruces, NM.