ERIC Number: ED383487
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Methods, Measures, and Madness: Possibilities for Outdoor Education Research.
Henderson, Karla; Fox, Karen
This paper discusses 10 reasons why outdoor education research needs more and better methods and measures. These reasons encompass the following areas of discussion: (1) the researcher's theories and values influence the research methods and measures chosen; (2) measurement must be relevant to the phenomenon measured, and multilevel phenomena may require multiple measures; (3) outdoor education research abounds with small quick projects, and the field would benefit from longitudinal studies and in-depth case studies; (4) outdoor education research must move beyond a linear cause and effect model to more complex analysis of dynamic relationships and multiple variables and contexts; (5) the increasing diversity of participants may require varied methods and measures and result in new insights and perspectives; (6) process orientations and group-based studies provide a further dimension that goes beyond the tendency to focus on program content and output; (7) collaborative styles of research empower both subjects and researchers and increase understanding of the situation; (8) multiple methods, both qualitative and quantitative, exist for research; (9) outdoor education research journals and other means of sharing information among researchers are needed; and (10) many critical issues exist in outdoor education and must be identified, but a holistic outlook is also necessary. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Research Symposium Proceedings (2nd, Bradford Woods, IN, January 14-16, 1994); see RC 019 747.