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ERIC Number: ED438116
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Pages: 9
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Shaping Learning through Space: The Case of Outdoor Management Training.
Hall, Roger; Rowland, Caroline
This paper explores the relationship between experiential learning theory and outdoor management training, and describes a British outdoor management program grounded in adult learning theory. An introduction explores competing paradigms in management education: the managerialist perspective, which focuses on development of skills and competencies; the critical perspective, which analyzes political aspects of management; and the humanist perspective, which is rooted in human relations theory. Originating in the Outward Bound movement, outdoor development emerged in the 1970s as a mechanism for developing managers and organizations. Today, outdoor management development is used by a third of British corporations. The rationale for using the outdoors as a training environment emphasizes novel activities that heighten awareness of interpersonal behavior, psychological risk, and elimination of role conflict common in office settings. An outdoor management development program, offered for 10 years at a business school in northwest England, includes a mandatory 2-day residential program. Large- and small-group outdoor activities are designed around adult learning theory, particularly Kolb's learning cycle, and include review and feedback sessions and reflective tasks. Themes emerging from participant comments and evaluations indicate that outdoor management programs can fulfill both educational and training roles and can stimulate the development of analytical skills, and that structure, relevance, and perceived transferability are important features of effective outdoor programs. (Contains 22 references.) (SV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)