ERIC Number: EJ899637
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: N/A
Response to "Exploring the Influence of the ROC Integrated High School Program"
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v19 n3 p28 Spr 2007
In this article, the author provides a response to Scott Caspell's article "Exploring the Influence of the ROC Integrated High School Program." The author states that Caspell picked an excellent time frame to interview former students as they had participated in the integrated program between 10 and 13 years ago. Ideally, then, participants would have completed some form of post-secondary education and now be in the work force. Some participants may be married, may have children, and certainly have had significant life experience. With their involvement in the study the participants were able to reflect back and ask: "Did the ROC program influence me in any way?" Caspell clearly captures another important concept: Integrated programs occur at a critical time in young peoples' lives and the opportunity to help "formulate self-identity" is present. One student also noted that a significant positive factor is the length of time of integrated programs. With these two ideas, the author can not help but make an analogy of integrated programs acting as rites of passage. These programs occur at a time when students are transitioning from childhood to adulthood; they challenge students, mentally and physically, in a unique educational setting; and in such programs students are guided by adult figures other than their parents. Caspell concluded from the interviews that the ROC program "blurred the boundaries between ecological and human communities." The author agrees wholeheartedly that this is a direction environmental education must go for gaining ideas of sustainability. When the lines between the human and non-human world are fuzzy, the right decisions become clear.
Descriptors: Integrated Curriculum, Environmental Education, Foreign Countries, High Schools, High School Students, Interdisciplinary Approach, Interviews, Program Effectiveness, Education Work Relationship, Identification (Psychology), Adolescent Development
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; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada