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ERIC Number: EJ972616
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0840-8114
My Life as an Edventurer
Wilkes, Sandy
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v22 n2 p7-9 Win 2010
The author started her training in adventure education around 1986 when Mike Laurence introduced the concept to Brock University. At the time, she was employed by Niagara College working in its Futures Program. To her the theory behind adventure-based programs seemed a coalescence of her yen for sociology, psychology, existential philosophy and physical and health education. Over the next two years, she was able to facilitate a number of youth groups in adventure education and always enjoyed it. She left Niagara College to pursue a teaching career with the Lincoln County Board of Education. By September 1989, she was posted to South Lincoln High School in Smithville, Ontario. Here she met a physical education colleague, Andrew Yap, who loved to listen to her ideas surrounding the potential of adventure programming. In this article, the author discusses a specialty course called Adventure Based Education that they developed at South Lincoln. The adventure based curriculum in general, and the climbing wall in particular, offer their students the opportunity to explore such concepts as physical and emotional safety, self-esteem, trust building, goal setting, positive risk taking, community building, problem solving and decision making.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada