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ERIC Number: EJ867652
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3084
Rock Climbing: An Experience with Responsibility
Hansen, Ken; Parker, Melissa
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v80 n2 p17-23 Feb 2009
Today's youths seem to be facing more obstacles and receiving less direction than ever before. Rather than just focusing on trouble prevention and deterrence, many youth development and preparation programs are striving to help youths develop the necessary assets, skills, and qualities to become productive and satisfied adults, as well as contributing members of society. This article describes a youth development program that uses rock climbing to teach responsibility, respect, teamwork, and trust. The article describes how this particular program was designed (specifically how the program goals, curriculum, content, and atmosphere were determined). It also discusses the various pedagogical methods that were used to teach rock climbing and the personal skills students needed to be successful. The interaction of character development curriculum, the content of rock climbing, and an empowering atmosphere allowed the youths to achieve goals that may help them to progress toward a productive adulthood. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A