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ERIC Number: ED398031
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 25
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The Influence of Expeditionary Learning in Outward Bound and College.
McKiernan, Rogene
Expeditionary learning creates a learning environment in which teachers and students together take a journey into an area with many unknowns for the purpose of promoting self-discovery. Of the 10 principles of expeditionary learning, 7 closely match the practices of Outward Bound. As Outward Bound staff designed an inservice program on expeditionary learning for teachers, the process of incorporating expeditionary learning principles, particularly the one known as "the having of wonderful ideas," stimulated a significant change in instruction. The recognition that conventional teaching uses explanation and demonstration with little time for experimentation and reflection led the instructors to structure sequences based on student discovery first, with instructor information given in response to students' experiences. Personal experience in leading expenditionary learning training courses led to incorporating expeditionary learning design principles into the Environmental Conservation Outdoor Education Expedition at Western Illinois University. This program involved a transition from conventional university relationships to the expeditionary learning model, wherein students participate in curriculum development and implementation and instructors are not the primary providers of information nor the dominant determiners of outcomes. Included are university students' reflections on the process and outcomes of their experiences with self-directed learning, and suggestions for others who may become involved in expeditionary learning. (TD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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