ERIC Number: ED463941
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul-31
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Recommended Educational Practices for Youth Environmental Education from a 4-H Youth Development Perspective.
Vos, Kathleen E.
Key concepts about best practices of curriculum design and program development for outdoor youth programs are discussed. These include: agreeing on curriculum criteria and coming to consensus on a balance between content and process skills; using experiential teaching modes; and pursuing youth-adult partnerships for community change. There is not a wealth of materials on boating, fishing, and environmental stewardship available in the national 4-H curriculum collections, but many states and counties are using local materials. This presents a key opportunity for partnerships to evolve. Researchers need to engage youth and adults in research-related activities defining best practices in: implementing youth-adult partnerships in diverse communities; engaging community-based youth-adult partnerships in creating their own experiential-based curricula; implementing interactive technology-based learning in community organizations; defining strategies for a community-youth development framework that creates community change; and developing an international version of this framework. Nonprofit organizations could work with youth development researchers and practitioners to create a sustainable grassroots movement that mobilizes youth and adult partners to conserve and restore our nation's aquatic natural resources by getting involved in boating and fishing. This lofty goal combined with integrating research and practice on youth-adult partnerships, experiential learning strategies, and the community youth development movement will help develop a sustainable learning community that brings about lasting change in how communities deal with issues related to boating, fishing, and environmental stewardship. (Contains 28 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Adult Child Relationship, Community Programs, Conservation (Environment), Curriculum Development, Educational Practices, Environmental Education, Experiential Learning, Extension Education, Nonformal Education, Outdoor Activities, Recreational Activities, Youth Programs
For full text: http://www.rbff.org/educational/BPE11.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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