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ERIC Number: EJ1056258
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1472-9679
Creating a Temporary Community? An Ethnographic Study of a Residential Fieldtrip
Gee, Nick
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, v15 n2 p95-109 2015
This paper explores the evolving perceptions of community sentiments, for three teachers and 36 AS-level students on a week-long residential fieldtrip. For this in-depth study I adopted an ethnographic methodology in which I participated in, observed and recounted some of the complex and fluid spatial arrangements and processes, analysing their influence on social relationships and attitudes to learning at a UK residential field study centre. Whilst seemingly offering a different and more informal educational setting from school, I argue that the accompanying teachers attempted to influence proceedings through spatial management to meet some of their explicitly declared aims for the trip. Furthermore I argue that the physical isolation of the centre, together with the deliberately managed exclusion of external influences, effectively created a bounded setting, thereby temporarily replicating some of the characteristics associated with traditional notions of community. Within this teacher-shaped environment evolving relationships linked to the new place setting, together with impromptu communitas moments, contributed to community sentiments in line with more contemporary interpretations of the concept.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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