ERIC Number: ED347016
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Laboratory Experience in Outdoor Education. Senior Student Teaching Experience.
Northern Illinois Univ., Oregon. Lorado Taft Field Campus.
This guide describes the outdoor education practicum required of student teachers at Northern Illinois University (NIU). This 5-day residential experience is held at the Lorado Taft Field Campus (branch of NIU), established in 1951 to train teachers in outdoor education. Course objectives include: (1) to help student teachers gain knowledge about planning and conducting residential outdoor education programs; (2) to increase student teachers' understanding of children and their needs by participating in a residential outdoor education experience; (3) to team teach with peers; and (4) to evaluate the experience. Grading is done by Taft faculty on a pass/fail basis. A student who participates in the planning, demonstrates interest and enthusiasm, works competently with children, and carries a fair share of the work can expect to pass. General information for university students at Taft is provided, including rules and guidelines pertaining to meals, visitors, and smoking. A "teaching team" approach is used in which two or three student teachers are assigned to a group of 10 students and supervision is provided by the Taft faculty and classroom teachers. The document includes a list of equipment and clothing needed, dining hall guidelines, acceptable table manners, guidelines for supervising children in dormitories, and emergency procedures. A section of the guide addresses developing lesson plans with examples. It also includes sample teaching ideas for outdoor education, a list of instructional resources and field equipment available at the Taft campus, maps of the Lorado Taft Field Campus, and charts and graphics. (LP)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northern Illinois Univ., Oregon. Lorado Taft Field Campus.