ERIC Number: ED395725
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
NOLS Wilderness Education Notebook: A Guide to the NOLS Wilderness Course Curriculum.
National Outdoor Leadership School, Lander, WY.
This teaching guide provides basic information on training outdoor leaders for a wilderness course at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Lander, Wyoming. The first chapter, "Teaching at NOLS," overviews teaching fundamentals and describes teaching techniques such as the use of demonstrations, modeling, formal classes, inquiry, teachable moments, debriefing, story telling, and games. The remaining chapters include: (2) Outdoor Living Skills, which covers backpacking, campsite selection, tent and fly pitching, sanitation, stove use and care, nutrition, fire building, fishing, and other skills relevant to outdoor education (3) Mountain Travel, focusing on travel and hazard evaluation skills such as trail techniques, map reading, hazard evaluation, risk management, route finding, compass navigation, and river crossings; (4) Leadership and Teamwork, which outlines information for teaching outdoor leadership and judgment skills related to expedition behavior, student teaching experiences, and expedition planning; (5) Environmental Studies, covering topics related to land management practices, natural sciences, physical sciences, and environmental ethics; and (6) First Aid, covering basic skills such as patient assessment, soft tissue injuries, cold injury, dehydration, shock, altitude illness, and emergency procedures. Each instructional topic includes a general statement related to the relevance of the subject, educational goals, specific course information related to educational goals, effective teaching methods, and a list of resources for locating additional information on a topic's key points. Appendices include tips for student leader exercises, a list of effective leadership habits and skills, and strategies for fostering initiative among student leaders. (LP)
Descriptors: Adventure Education, Camping, Course Content, Educational Objectives, Environmental Education, Experiential Learning, First Aid, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Training, Outdoor Education, Outdoor Leadership, Safety, Skill Development, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods, Trails, Wilderness
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Outdoor Leadership School, Lander, WY.