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ERIC Number: EJ1070025
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1324-1486
An Introduction to the Constraints-Led Approach to Learning in Outdoor Education
Brymer, Eric; Renshaw, Ian
Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, v14 n2 p33-41 2010
Participation in outdoor education is underpinned by a learner's ability to acquire skills in activities such as canoeing, bushwalking and skiing and consequently the outdoor leader is often required to facilitate skill acquisition and motor learning. As such, outdoor leaders might benefit from an appropriate and tested model on how the learner acquires skills in order to design appropriate learning contexts. This paper introduces an approach to skill acquisition based on ecological psychology and dynamical systems theory called the constraints-led approach to skills acquisition. We propose that this student-centred approach is an ideal perspective for the outdoor leader to design effective learning settings. Furthermore, this open style of facilitation is also congruent with learning models that focus on other concepts such as teamwork and leadership.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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