ERIC Number: EJ899628
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
COEO's Landmark Research Summary: "Reconnecting Children through Outdoor Education"
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v19 n2 p33-34 Win 2007
Over the past year, Andrea Foster reviewed a wide array of current and international research into the multiple, powerful and lasting outcomes produced through utilizing outdoor and experiential education (OEE) as a key learning methodology. As co-authors, Foster and Linney produced an 80-page document that reports the findings according to the Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario's (COEO) four stated values, namely, education for curriculum and community, character, wellbeing, and environment. "Reconnecting Children through Outdoor Education" also highlights "OEE in Action" descriptions of particular programs such as secondary school interdisciplinary studies, wilderness adventure pursuits, and urban-based activities including the exploration of local neighbourhoods and school ground greening projects. The publication features a professional layout and numerous great colour photographs of students powerfully connecting with themselves, others and their natural surroundings through outdoor learning. In addition to outlining exemplary examples of government leadership in establishing and making effective use of OEE, it also provides a number of evidence-based recommendations to the Ontario government as well as to Canadian postgraduate schools. This is a landmark publication whose time has come. It is clear that OEE is needed now more than ever before. This article includes an executive summary of "Reconnecting Children through Outdoor Education."
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Design, Outdoor Education, Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Citizenship Education, Well Being, Environmental Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Secondary Schools, Urban Schools, Government Role, Graduate Study
Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario. 1185 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 3C6, Canada. e-mail: info@COEO.org; Web site: http://www.coeo.org/publication.htm
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Canada