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ERIC Number: EJ994009
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0840-8114
The Perceived Life Impact of a University Outdoor Education Course
Wigglesworth, Jennifer
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v24 n3 p20-21 Spr 2012
Learning in the outdoors provides lasting educational experiences. Most students retain information best when doing an activity, and the outdoors allows for these opportunities. Outdoor education (OE) is a large, multi-disciplinary field cultivated from many roots. Since OE offers such vivid learning opportunities, it is an important area for research initiatives. In this article, the author discusses a study that is part of her Master's thesis at the University of Ottawa. The purpose of the study is to discover what participants in a university summer outdoor education course remember about their OE experience and what they learned during and as a result of the course with respect to their "intrapersonal," "interpersonal" and "environmental" relationships. The author explores whether lessons from the OE course play a subsequent role in participants' lives and which components of the course have the most impact. She studies two aspects of the OE course: (1) the life significance of the entire OE course; and (2) the life significance of its individual components.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Ottawa)