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ERIC Number: EJ1116315
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2206-3110
The Return Home: Transitioning from a 28-Day Remote Outdoor Education Programme
McNatty, Shannon
Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education, v19 n1 Apr 2016
This article addresses the challenges for students transitioning from the remote Te Kahu (pseudonym) outdoor education programme back into their home and school city environments. Students must develop methods of coping and readjust to society to continue the personal growth and process the learning affected through the 28-day programme. The perspectives of year 10 (age 14) girls from a New Zealand inner city, all-girls secondary school were gathered to examine the transition programme for leaving Te Kahu, and the girls' reintegration to school and family. The key findings of this study were the importance of teaching the girls strategies to manage the transition, communication with families and school staff regarding expectations for the girls' reintegration, and clarifying the growth and independence that had occurred over the programme. Ongoing mentoring and support with friendships was also necessary. This suggests that effectively managing transitions may be a significant part in gaining the full educational value of outdoor education experiences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A