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ERIC Number: EJ1124871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1472-9679
Higher Learning: Impacts of a High-Altitude Adventure-Based Field School on College Student Development
Harper, Nevin J.; Webster, Anthony L.
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, v17 n1 p67-81 2017
Student learning can be enhanced through applied experience of theoretical knowledge. The purpose of this study was to identify and articulate personal and educational impacts experienced by students during a mentally and physically challenging international adventure-based field school. Nineteen students and two faculty members participated in a three-week applied course exploring the effects of altitude on human health and performance through an adventure sport expedition in the Andean Mountains of Bolivia, South America. The field school design was intended to optimize student learning through cross-disciplinary applied curriculum and research. Written journal assignments, data from physiological and psychological measures and researcher observations were included in the analysis. Findings suggest that altering environmental conditions and applying "real-world conditions" can promote student growth and learning. Implications for field school design, pedagogical considerations and college administration of field schools are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Bolivia
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