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ERIC Number: EJ939134
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1472-9679
The Double-Edged Sword: Critical Reflections on Traditional and Modern Technology in Outdoor Education
Cuthbertson, Brent; Socha, Teresa L.; Potter, Tom G.
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, v4 n2 p133-144 2004
The outdoor education experience continues to be influenced by a proliferation of modern technological innovations, most of which have been accepted and even embraced by educators with little inquiry. Seldom do instructors of outdoor programmes consider the impact that modern techniques and equipment can have upon students' learning. This paper argues that in an unexamined adoption of this technology, some of the potential positive impacts for participants can be compromised, including a direct and meaningful connection to the natural world. As such, modern technology has become a possible mediating influence for participants in outdoor education programmes. The paper examines some of the pedagogical issues of modern technology as a mediator of experience as well as several elements of educating in the outdoors with traditional technology. Woven into the discussion is the question of whether modern technology encourages more people to become involved in outdoor activities or merely works toward the separation of humans from the rest of nature. (Contains 1 figure and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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