ERIC Number: ED431577
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
A Case for International Education in AEE and Some Suggestions for How To Get Started.
Experiential educators can prepare students and clients for living in the global society of the new millennium through international experiences, both short- and long-term. The elements of experiential education--risk/challenge, direct experience, processing and reflection--can be important aspects of the international experience. Historically, the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) has focused narrowly on outdoor adventure in North America and has not treated international education as part of experiential education. A broader definition of adventure that includes any experience with an uncertain outcome would encompass international experiences. These adventures would be significantly enhanced by using the tools of experiential education. Many experiential programs have the means to create significant international opportunities. Ten suggestions for approaching a first international program offering include: think small; fill out a risk management form; see the first experience as a shakedown; seek out allies and co-leaders; limit objectives; choose a limited itinerary; include opportunities for service; begin planning a budget as soon as possible; have at least a rough marketing plan; and plan the experiential methodologies to be included. The Field and Experiential Learning Program at College of DuPage is briefly described as an example of a program that combines college courses with an experiential international trip. (SV)
Descriptors: Adventure Education, Experiential Learning, Field Trips, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, International Programs, Planning, Program Development, Travel
AEE, 2305 Canyon Blvd., Suite 100, Boulder, CO 80302-5651; Tel: 303-440-8844 ($2.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Experiential Education, Boulder, CO.