ERIC Number: ED339569
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
The Wilderness Educator: The Wilderness Education Association Curriculum Guide.
Cockrell, David, Ed.
To help with the teaching of wilderness expeditionary leadership, this book contains knowledge regarded as essential for Wilderness Education Association (WEA) instructors. WEA courses are educational expeditions of 28-35 days designed to teach outdoor leadership in wilderness environments. Chapters focus on the "whys" behind fundamental principles, on ways to teach in the field, and on complex or poorly understood issues of importance. Chapter 1 introduces WEA and discusses outdoor leadership certification, WEA Steward Programs, and WEA accreditation of university courses. Chapter 2 draws on the literature of outdoor leadership and social and organizational psychology to develop a framework for making quality decisions in the field. Chapter 3 examines group dynamics in the outdoors and the behavior and styles of effective leaders. Chapter 4 discusses the teaching of environmental ethics and camping practices to minimize ecological and social impact. Chapter 5 outlines basic wilderness skills--selection of clothing and equipment, trail techniques, teaching navigation, and basic camping practices. Chapter 6 describes nutrition, rations planning, and outdoor food preparation. Chapter 7 reviews adventure skills, travel modes and organization, safety, accident prevention, and risk management. Chapter 8 describes pretrip medical requirements for participants, first aid kits, and wilderness emergency procedures and treatment. Chapter 9 outlines program administration--planning, development, outfitting, and evaluation. Each chapter contains a reference list. An index is included. (SV)
Descriptors: Camping, Decision Making, Group Dynamics, Leaders Guides, Leadership, Leadership Styles, Leadership Training, Outdoor Education, Outdoor Leadership, Teaching Methods
ICS Books, Inc., One Tower Plaza, 107 E. 89th Ave., Merrillville, IN 46410 ($29.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wilderness Education Association, Saranac Lake, NY.