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The RHP Companion to Outdoor Education

Edited by Peter Barnes and Bob Sharp, University of Strathclyde
RHP = Russell House Publishing
1-903855-36-5
Large format paperback. About 208 pages. 2004.

Publisher's Description

Outdoor education still has a long way to go in terms of its acceptance by educational organisations and the public at large, some of whom even question its very meaning and purpose. This important new book - the first comprehensive text about outdoor education written explicitly for students, academics, and practitioners in the UK – will help clarify aims and encourage the pursuit of good practice as well as provide a detailed overview for those trainers, commissioners and funders with whom outdoor educators work in partnership.

The RHP Companion to Outdoor Education is "a lucid and helpful assessment of the state of outdoor education today, with an important focus on how differing individuals and groups may learn from outdoor experience… a summary of the differing approaches… a catalyst for further experiment and innovation…" from the Foreword by Roger Putnam MBE, former chair of the Mountain Leader Training Board, the National Association for Outdoor Education and the English Outdoor Council.

Providing information about outdoor education in its many and varied guises, the editors' intention is to change readers' thinking by:
introducing ideas and topics they have not encountered before. reminding them of methods, principles or issues which may have been forgotten. reinforcing principles which are currently used.

"We feel that one of the book's particular strengths is the varied manner in which the chapters are presented by an impressive array of authors from diverse backgrounds in outdoor education. Some do have an 'academic' ring where the text is well supported by extensive literature reviews. Others have been written from the perspective of practice and application – in public, voluntary and commercial sectors - and try to pass on the wisdom that can only come from practical experience. The reader will have to take ideas from the book, dwell on their merits, perhaps experiment with them in practice where appropriate and also embark on discussion with colleagues. We expect that whilst readers may disagree with some aspects of what they read, they will also digest others that allow them to move forwards as practitioners or theorists." The Editors

Contents:

Foreword Roger Putnam. Preface. Introduction: some thoughts on the nature of outdoor education.

Section 1: The Context of Outdoor Education

Debate and cliché: a philosophy for outdoor education Peter Barnes
Values and ethics in outdoor education Bertie Everard
Aesthetics and the outdoor experience Angus McWilliam
Research methods in outdoor education Geoff Nichols
A model of the process of personal development through the medium of outdoor adventure Geoff Nichols

Section 2: The Users of Outdoor Education

Working with young people Steve Lenartowicz
Towards a philosophy and understanding of working with special needs students Phil Woodyer & Peter Barnes
Outdoor management development: issues relating to systematic evaluation Adrian Ibbetson
Outdoor education and the voluntary sector Janet Shepherd
Outdoor education and participation from ethnic communities Judy Ling Wong & Peter Barnes
Overseas youth expeditions: learning and leadership considerations Nina Saunders

Section 3: The Practice of Outdoor Education

Outdoor leadership: art or science? Peter Barnes
Risk in outdoor education Bob Sharp
Creative Ways of Working Alan Smith
Facilitation and reviewing in outdoor education Roger Greenaway
Teaching and learning strategies Bob Sharp
Duty of care Nick Halls
Outdoor education as a vehicle for integrated learning in the school curriculum Patrick Keighley
Learning theory and experiential education Angus McWilliam

Section 4: Current Issues in Outdoor Education

Rewards from risk: the case for adventure activity Marcus Bailie
Outdoor education and the sustainable use of the environment Geoff Cooper
The contribution of outdoor education to environmental awareness and sustainability Geoff Cooper
Working from the urban environment Archie Waters
Professionalism, quality and the market place Randall Williams
Technology in outdoor education Bob Sharp
Women working in the outdoors: still a man's world? Kate O'Brien, Nina Saunders & Peter Barnes

Large format paperback. About 208 pages. 2004.

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