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ERIC Number: EJ939126
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1472-9679
Learning Transferable Skills through Adventure Education: The Role of an Authentic Process
Sibthorp, Jim
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, v3 n2 p145-157 2003
The purpose of this study is threefold: (a) to explore what 18 adolescents learned while participating in a three week long adventure program, (b) to examine how they learned while on the program, and (c) to determine what program outcomes they considered most applicable to their home environments, or which learning is "transferable". To address these purposes, 18 participants 13-18 years old on 14 different three-week long sail and dive training courses were interviewed. The study found that participants learned both hard skills (e.g., sailing and diving) and life skills. They learned these skills experientially, by observing and receiving feedback from others, by exposure to new and different persons, and through the authenticity of needing to learn these skills through the course design. Participants reported that the life skills were most likely to be applicable after course completion in the home environment. Implications for research and practice are discussed. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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