ERIC Number: ED431586
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
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Making Sense of Outdoor Management Development (OMD): Comparing Participants' Views of OMD with the Received Wisdom.
In the United Kingdom, the term "outdoor management development" (OMD) is commonly used to describe courses using outdoor facilities to achieve the aims of management development. OMD courses claim to be able to train staff and managers from a variety of organizations. The received wisdom in OMD is that practice in the field has a sound theoretical basis and that it achieves the results it claims. To compare personal experiences with the received wisdom, 46 participants were interviewed and took part in focus group discussions several weeks after their attendance on OMD courses at Brathay Hall in the English Lake District. Participants were asked to make sense of the course and describe all aspects of the course that they noticed. Key findings were: (1) course aspects that participants noticed and commented on corresponded to received wisdom on the theoretical basis for OMD, matching the content of theories such as Kolb's learning cycle, the findings from empirical research, and much that has been written about experiential learning; (2) participants understood course objectives, identified outcomes that could be evaluated at several levels, and described links between learning on the course and the context of their working life; and (3) statements about course outcomes fell into the categories of personal learning, team learning, and general principles. (SV)
Descriptors: Corporate Education, Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, Management Development, Outdoor Education, Program Effectiveness, Qualitative Research, Student Attitudes, Theory Practice Relationship, Transfer of Training
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom