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ERIC Number: EJ794512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
Orienteering with Adventure Education: New Games for the 21st Century
Hammes, Ryan
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v20 n5 p7-13 May-Jun 2007
Orienteering is an outdoor pursuit in which participants try to locate a series of different control points, using only a map and compass (Laubach, 1998). It is a life-long skill that can be taught to all ages in both a natural and urban setting. Adventure education is an approach to teaching where an individual is placed in an unfamiliar environment that creates disequilibria, and focuses learning on problem solving (Rohnke, 1995). The purpose of this article is to give physical educators some direction for setting up an orienteering course that incorporates adventure education and an outdoor pursuit through the use of problem-solving games. These activities focus on communication, cooperation, and problem solving. They are meant to inspire new creative ways of teaching traditional map and compass skills. Orienteering with adventure components provides an enjoyable experience for students while connecting the four domains of physical education: (1) cognitive; (2) psychomotor; (3) affective; and (4) health related physical fitness (Claxton, Grube, & Young, 2001). (Contains 14 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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