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ERIC Number: ED427926
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 8
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Outdoor Leadership Education: The Past, Present and Future.
Sugerman, Deborah
This paper examines academic degree programs that train outdoor leaders. A review of previous studies of outdoor leadership noted 12 critical core competencies of an effective outdoor leader. A survey of college outdoor programs identified 15 four-year academic degree programs in outdoor leadership at U.S. colleges and universities. The programs were found in both large and small schools and public and private institutions; went by a wide variety of names; and were housed in various departments, which influenced available and required courses. Technical skills formed the backbone of most curricula, while about half of schools required a specific course in interpersonal communication or group process. The range of emergency skills required by schools was quite large. Forty percent of schools required a specific course in teaching methods. Almost all schools required a leadership course, and 80 percent required a practicum experience in leadership. All schools required a core of introductory theory courses in outdoor, adventure, or environmental education. Required courses in administration were quite varied. There was no clear consensus on outdoor leadership training in the higher education setting, reflecting the lack of nationally accepted professional standards for outdoor education and the absence of any accreditation body to standardize outdoor curricula. However, it appears that most college programs require courses that develop the necessary outdoor competencies cited in the literature. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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