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ERIC Number: EJ899630
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0840-8114
Back to Basics: Meditations on Quality vs. Quantity in Outdoor Education
McMartin, Andrew
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v19 n3 p7-12 Spr 2007
In this article, the author uses his own personal experiences to illustrate how many backcountry expeditions emphasize quantity rather than quality of experience. He discusses why this is counter-productive to the goals of outdoor education in many settings, and how this leads to the gap that he often encounters between what is practiced and what is preached. From there, he suggests questions for the reader to reflect upon and different ways of knowing that have helped his own expedition experiences with students. He provides a "day in the life" itinerary to better illustrate some of his points. Concluding this article are some final reflective thoughts about the potential consequences of continuing to teach and lead expedition experiences based on quantity rather than quality.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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