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ERIC Number: EJ861699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1472-9679
Recontextualizing the Role of the Facilitator in Group Interaction in the Outdoor Classroom
Stan, Ina
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, v9 n1 p23-43 Jun 2009
The traditional role of the facilitator in outdoor education is frequently seen as outside the group of participants, either in a position of power over the participants or detached and passive. Following an ethnographic study at a residential outdoor centre, an in-depth analysis of the facilitation process was carried out, which revealed that the facilitator is always part of the group, and that the type of influence that the facilitators have on the outdoor learning process depends on the way that they approach their role within the group. For the purpose of this paper, the term "facilitator" is used to refer to both centre staff as well as visiting teachers accompanying the school groups. This paper addresses critical questions regarding the effectiveness of the outdoor learning process when a position of power is adopted. The paper will also show the impact that recognizing the facilitator as a member of the group has on the learning experience in the outdoor classroom. (Contains 12 notes and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)