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ERIC Number: ED542520
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1324-9320
Introducing Generation Y to the Wilderness
Taylor, Nicole; Gray, Tonia; Birrell, Carol
Australian Association for Research in Education (NJ1), Paper presented at the Joint Australian Association for Research in Education and Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association Conference (AARE-APERA 2012) World Education Research Association (WERA) Focal Meeting (Sydney, New South Wales, Dec 2-6, 2012)
Today's Western culture is characterized by high technology, time compression and a disconnection from the natural world. What happens when a group of young adult students who are firmly embedded within this world, embark on a 6-day unassisted wilderness experience? When divorced from the structural support of the everyday, and placed in an emotionally and physically taxing environment, one would imagine students would retreat to the security of the known world upon return. However, our study sheds new light on this phenomenon by revealing its antithesis. These students manifest a strong desire for a simpler life. What is the nature of the simpler life they envisage? What is its innate appeal? And what are the implications for those involved in Outdoor Education? Even if such a desire for a more primal existence were expressed, is it possible or probable, that this notion can be executed? Our research proposes that a necessary precursor for sustainable living and a deep attachment to the environment is for educators to provide experiences that strip back the superfluity of everyday life and introduce bare subsistence. This facilitates the transition into a heightened and more sensitive environmental ethic. (Contains 2 tables.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)