Adventure Education: An Introduction by Chris Hodgson

By Chris Hodgson

Adventure schooling is a sort of experiential studying more often than not linked to actions concerning hazard, from cooperative video games comparable to raft development to excessive event actions corresponding to rock climbing. Adventure schooling: An Introduction provides a accomplished creation to the making plans, supply and overview of experience schooling, with a robust emphasis on expert perform and supply.

Written via a crew of major experience Educators who can draw upon an in depth adventure base, the booklet explores an important ideas for educating, studying and implementation in experience schooling. The e-book is totally illustrated all through with real-world case stories and examine surveying the most important modern matters dealing with experience schooling Practitioners. This contains necessities for the journey educator reminiscent of danger administration and tailoring actions to satisfy particular studying wishes, in addition to delivering an perception into modern makes use of for experience programmes. With outdoors and experience actions being extra well known than ever prior to, this publication is key examining for any pupil, instructor or practitioner seeking to comprehend experience schooling and increase their specialist skills.

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We know that participants will bring existing knowledge, skills and prior experience with them, and we also know that these should significantly influence the planning process. Ewert and Sibthorp (2009) categorised such factors as prior knowledge and experience, age, gender and background as precursor variables that can influence outcomes. Prior knowledge and experience will affect the nature and type of activity you select in order that the level of challenge is appropriate both physically and intellectually.

However, this is true only if they are effective at what they do both individually and collectively. Of all the factors contributing to the effectiveness of adventure education programmes, the characteristics of instructors have received the most attention from researchers. Participant or observer ratings have been used to determine instructor effectiveness, whilst specific relationships between outcomes and facilitation have been somewhat neglected. Despite obvious problems with this approach, the findings are still useful because they generally show that there is a correlation between perceived effectiveness and levels of education and experience.

The ways in which individuals respond to their experiences depends upon their previous experience. The individual’s background obviously plays a significant part here, and none more so than their culture and ethnicity. Although speculations and pieces of research can be cited, the reality is that it is still early days in terms of developing a mature understanding of cultural issues and adventure education. Fundamentally, treating everybody the same way does not mean treating everybody as if they are the same.

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