ERIC Number: EJ1058790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
Autonomous Student Experiences in Outdoor and Adventure Education
Daniel, Brad; Bobilya, Andrew J.; Kalisch, Kenneth R.; McAvoy, Leo H.
Journal of Experiential Education, v37 n1 p4-17 Mar 2014
This article explores the current state of knowledge regarding the use of autonomous student experiences (ASE) in outdoor and adventure education (OAE) programs. ASE are defined as components (e.g., solo, final expedition) in which participants have a greater measure of choice and control over the planning, execution, and outcomes of their learning. The article discusses the importance of ASE in experiential education and reviews major findings and supporting evidence in the relevant literature. Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School are highlighted as OAE programs that incorporate evidence-based research into their course designs. The article concludes with an examination of existing gaps in the knowledge and a discussion of topics for future ASE research.
Descriptors: Student Experience, Outdoor Education, Personal Autonomy, Knowledge Level, Experiential Learning, Literature Reviews, Evidence, Educational Research, Risk, Models, Research Needs, College Programs, Student Development, Active Learning
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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