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ERIC Number: ED471721
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 11
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Training Outdoor Educators: Integrating Academic and Professional Demands.
Higgins, Peter; Morgan, Alastair
In the United Kingdom, outdoor educators have varied backgrounds in terms of academic versus professional outdoor training, and the profession has not agreed upon required qualifications. Multiple influences in the historical development of outdoor education have contributed to this situation. Since the 1970s, several U.K. colleges and universities have offered degree courses for outdoor educators. Such courses must address not only academic and technical skills training, but also the need to develop educators' professionalism and sound judgment. Moray House Institute of Education (Scotland), now part of the University of Edinburgh, has addressed this issue. Since its inception in 1972, Moray's outdoor education degree evolved from a Diploma to a Postgraduate Diploma, which was subsequently modularized, and now a Postgraduate Certificate-Diploma-Master's pathway is available. The program draws upon outdoor activities to enhance environmental education and personal and social development, all within a framework of safe professional practice. A practical, experiential approach is emphasized. The following program areas are described: academic modules; a competency program covering technical skills, instructional skills, planning and organizational skills, and sound judgment; and extended study and dissertation required at the master's level. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom