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Potter, Tom G.; Dyment, Janet E. – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2016
This article critically explores "if" and "how" outdoor education (OE) is a discipline. This exploration stems from our experiences that OE is often undervalued, and from the belief that if OE is considered a discipline, then it would have greater acceptance, enhanced academic standing, importance, resourcing and prestige. Our…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Educational Principles, Course Content
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Dyment, Janet E.; Potter, Tom G. – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2015
Outdoor education is often undervalued. As such, we believe there is merit in critiquing the field and focusing more attention on its value and importance. This paper seeks to offer a critical exploration of "if" and "how" outdoor education is a discipline. The paper begins with a brief overview of the literature that seeks to…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Relevance (Education), Literature Reviews
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Potter, Tom G.; Socha, Teresa L.; O'Connell, Timothy S. – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2012
In the light of recent challenges facing the field of outdoor adventure education in higher education, this exploratory study sought to identify some of the underlying political and institutional factors and societal influences on an international level that have led to the success of some programmes and the closure of others. Thirty-eight outdoor…
Descriptors: Adventure Education, Foreign Countries, Outdoor Education, College Faculty
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Potter, Tom G.; Henderson, Bob – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2004
Canada is the second largest country in the world by area. With its diverse geophysical features and relatively small population density it is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts of all types. In the Canadian outdoor adventure education field there is an awakened acknowledgement of the centrality of Native peoples that pervades its practice today.…
Descriptors: Adventure Education, Foreign Countries, Outdoor Education, Program Descriptions
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Cuthbertson, Brent; Socha, Teresa L.; Potter, Tom G. – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 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…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Recreational Activities, Technology, Innovation