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ERIC Number: ED416048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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Augustana Arctic Adventures: An Interdisciplinary Expedition.
Asfeldt, Morten
Augustana University College (Alberta, Canada) offers a senior-level outdoor pursuits course called Arctic Canoe Expeditions, open to any student with a previous canoe-based outdoor course. Course goals are for students to apply knowledge from previous outdoor courses, integrate knowledge from their home disciplines into the experience, explore a special part of Canada, experience one of the world's last vast wilderness areas, create their own experience, and gain knowledge of Arctic canoe expeditions. During the winter semester, the class meets weekly to prepare for the trip, with students taking substantial responsibility for trip planning. Students are expected to keep a personal journal; to design their own learning experience, integrating their home discipline with expedition activities; and to make a class presentation of their learning. Considerable time is spent establishing group norms and expectations. The expedition itself involves 10 students and 2 professors spending at least 21 days on an isolated northern river unfamiliar to all participants. Pairs of students take 48-hour turns as facilitators of group decision making. The group keeps a group journal and holds formal debriefings every 3-4 days. The course builds on the philosophy of experiential education by providing students with interesting and relevant "indeterminate situations of consequence" that have high probability of successful resolution. The interdisciplinary nature of the course adds richness and depth to this resolution. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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