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ERIC Number: EJ1070014
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1324-1486
Transfer: Outdoor Adventure Education's Achilles Heel? Changing Participation as a Viable Option
Brown, Mike
Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, v14 n1 p13-22 2010
In this article I question whether a focus on transfer within outdoor adventure education (OAE) is desirable and if it is worth continuing to emphasize as a central construct. I argue that transfer is a highly problematic concept that has been difficult to empirically substantiate beyond controlled experimental settings. Given the ambiguity of the research findings, and changes in teaching and learning theories, I contend that OAE would be better served by focussing on assisting students to experience and understand the dynamics of social interaction rather than acquiring knowledge that can supposedly be transferred across contexts. This paper invites discussion around ideas from the situative perspective that focus on participation and the dynamics of social interaction rather than the current "passive" transfer metaphor. The issues raised in the paper challenge existing OAE practices and encourage greater connections to the broader community in an effort to aid students' learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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