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ERIC Number: EJ939125
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1472-9679
A Critique of Neo-Hahnian Outdoor Education Theory. Part Two: "The Fundamental Attribution Error" in Contemporary Outdoor Education Discourse
Brookes, Andrew
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, v3 n2 p119-132 2003
In the first of a two part series of articles I argued that "character building" in outdoor adventure education (OAE) is a flawed concept. This, the second article, examines the persistence of the idea of character building in OAE in the face of strong evidence that outdoor experiences cannot change personal traits. I examine how the "fundamental attribution error" can explain the paradox of (a) a shortage of evidence that adventure education "works" and (b) a widespread belief that it does "work". I review the place of character building in research, and develop a critical reading of a representative adventure education text. I show how unchallenged dispositionist assumptions emerge in neo-Hahnian discourse. I explain how discarding the intuitively appealing but fallacious foundations of neo-Hahnism can clear the way for situationist approaches to outdoor education that bring much needed sensitivity to cultural, regional, historical, and social contexts. (Contains 1 table and 1 footnote.) [For Part One, see EJ673658.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia