ERIC Number: EJ1166080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Instructor and Adult Learner Perceptions of the Use of Internet-Enabled Devices in Residential Outdoor Education Programs
Bolliger, Doris U.; Shepherd, Craig E.
British Journal of Educational Technology, v49 n1 p78-87 Jan 2018
As more adults frequent wilderness areas, they bring Internet-enabled devices (e.g., smart phones, tablets) with them. This study focuses on adults' perceptions of these devices in relation to desired outdoor learning experiences. Specifically, researchers examined the perspectives of naturalists who taught outdoor education programs and park visitors who participated in these programs. Using interviews and surveys to consider experiences, researchers found that participants enjoyed instructional Internet use to reduce physical dependence on heavy resources, support learning, engage younger learners and communicate with others. However, clear boundaries were identified regarding when and where these technologies could be used in national park settings.
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Outdoor Education, Attitude Measures, Parks, Interviews, Surveys, Internet, Educational Resources, Learner Engagement, Adult Learning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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