ERIC Number: ED371514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Team Building through Wilderness Activities in Eighth Grade Special Education.
The Outdoor Program is part of the special education program in a Northwest U.S. junior high school that combines wilderness activities with traditional classroom activities for students with behavior disorders. The goals of the program are to help the students learn to trust each other and the teachers, to teach students how to cooperate, and to build a team that would climb Mount Ranier. Observation and interviews with students and teachers show that team building is accomplished through group identification and through individual, collaborative, and temporal aspects of team building. The teachers and students exhibited the group identification strategies of finding common ground, antithesis, and the transcendent "we." Individual aspects of team building involved individual effort, planning, and commitment. Collaborative aspects of team building required cooperation and trust. Team building was also found to be an ongoing dynamic process that changes and moves back and forth toward accomplishing a team atmosphere within the group. (Contains 18 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western States Communication Association (54th, Albuquerque, NM, February 12-16, 1993).