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ERIC Number: EJ1151050
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2206-3110
Innovation and Outdoor Education
Beames, Simon
Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education, v20 n1 p2-6 Apr 2017
Within our fast-paced, fluid society, it is arguable that outdoor education needs to be innovative to play a useful role in young people's overall educational enterprise. A critical view, however, would suggest that we must beware of accepting technological innovation for its own sake. Innovations (or improvements) in education can take the form of ideas, methods, and products. This paper discusses how outdoor educators need to recognise how some innovations may add unwanted layers of clutter that reduce direct interaction with geophysical, ecological, and sociocultural elements of the landscape, whilst lessening the quality and quantity of interaction between humans--whether with classmates or community members. It may be possible to assess the degree to which an innovative piece of equipment or educational practice is "good" by considering its ability to elicit meaningful engagement between the learner and the ideas, physical objects, and other human beings encountered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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