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ERIC Number: ED383486
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Pages: 17
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Outdoor Education Research: Implications for Social/Educational and Natural Resource Policy.
Ewert, Alan; McAvoy, Leo
This paper discusses the potential role of outdoor education research in the formation of public policies on natural resource management, social issues, and education. Some current environmental, social, and educational problems include the lack of public knowledge about natural resources at a time of heightened and conflicting demands for those resources, the need to promote behaviors that conserve energy, the growing population of at-risk youth that is unresponsive to traditional educational approaches, and the need for learning experiences that children see as relevant to their lives. Outdoor education researchers commonly lament that both research funding and publication outlets are scarce, but these situations may have developed because outdoor education research has not addressed the important issues in our society. In the past, outdoor education research has been framed by the perspectives of White, upper middle-class, middle-aged men, and has ignored such issues as the nonparticipation in outdoor programs of people of color and the disadvantaged. Outdoor education researchers must look at their topics, research participants, and settings to determine if they are looking at a mirror of themselves or through the window of reality. In the natural resource arena, it is proposed that outdoor education and related research be broadened to include issues surrounding outdoor environments and the political processes influencing those environments. This paper lists 19 policy issues that could be addressed by outdoor education research, and includes a timeline of the development of outdoor education compared to U.S. and world history. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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