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ERIC Number: EJ1070375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1324-1486
Playing with an Unstoppable Force: Paddling, River-Places and Outdoor Education (Part 1)
Wattchow, Brian
Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, v11 n1 p10-20 2007
This paper presents the findings of a recent research study into participants' experiences of rivers through outdoor education programs that utilised paddling activities as a means of participation and travel. The study collected written and oral data from 64 participants from three undergraduate Australian university outdoor education degree courses. The major findings of the research are presented and discussed here, revealing how the participants' recollections of their experiences were dominated by the technical requirements of the activity and the cultural expectations for encountering a wild river. The paper concludes that such responses continue to be problematic for outdoor educators who hope to extend, or replace, the traditional personal and social development aims of outdoor education with a more place-responsive pedagogy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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