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Holistic is healthy - but disrespects boundaries.
It is not easy to subdivide 'outdoor education' into convenient categories - especially when the subject (and many of the books about it) cut across so many traditional disciplines.
Are the participants experiencing education, training, development or therapy? Or are they simply experiencing 'the outdoors'? Is the outdoors in the wilderness, in the city or even indoors? Does outdoor education have a central place in the curriculum or is it an alternative means of educating children and young people who are disadvantaged, disabled, disaffected, exceptionally gifted or lacking sunlight?
The index on the right is a rough pathway to help you navigate the wilderness of outdoor education literature.
|"In this book we take the reader on a
journey through the various curriculum reforms that have emerged
USA around the idea of conducting education outdoors - through
initiatives such as nature-study, camping education, adventure
education, environmental education, experiential education and
based education. This is a historical journey with an underlying
message for educators, one we are able to illuminate through the
educational theories of John Dewey. Central to this message is a
understanding of human experience as both aesthetic and
leading to a more coherent comprehension of not just outdoor
but of education itself."
See reviews at Amazon.co.uk.
first book was a major eye opener into the possibilities of
Awareness with games suitable for adults and children of a wide
range ... " John Fenna
"Thanks, for adding so well to the literature of nature awareness, extending with practical information the thinking of such pioneers as Jon Young"
Richard Louv (Author of 'Last Child in the Woods)
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new volume continues to provide
games ideas for children and
adults to participate in and learn and develop without
that they ARE learning!...
I have played a number of the games that appear in Geoffrey’s books and have found them well explained and with all the advice needed to help them run smoothly with maximum positive outcome.
I have yet to play any of the games without it provoking a positive response from all involved!" John Fenna"In my view, re-establishing people's link to nature is always a healing process. It has been an absolute joy reading this book and it provided me with valuable new insights that I can use in my work and personal life. Thank you very much Geoffrey!" - Peter Friebel
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|Publisher's description: This
researched book establishes clear foundations for a deeper
understanding of the roots
experienced-based learning and personal development
Roots and Wings supports the case for early connection with nature in each child’s life, and an on-going healthy and environmentally sustainable life style for all. It points to many activities that have sought to offset the social trends of restricting areas of recreation for children and removing risk from personal development.
It also provides a fascinating and illuminating account of how ideas garnered from experience were championed and developed within the competing pulls of centralism and localism in both government and the voluntary sector… how this led to differing approaches in the UK’s various national jurisdictions… and how safety, quality and accountability were developed without stifling innovation and constructive risk-taking.
|Product Description: Learning Outside
the Classroom outlines theory and practice that will enable and
encourage teachers to systematically and progressively
meaningful outdoor learning opportunities into their daily
activities in a wide variety of environments and with diverse
populations of pupils. This is the first textbook based around
curriculum for prospective and practising primary and secondary
teachers and other outdoor educators. The principles and
presented are intended to be adapted by teachers to suit the
their students in ways that draw upon content offered by the
landscape and its natural and built heritage. Although the
focus of this book is ‘the real world’ beyond the classroom, it
about good teaching — wherever it takes place. While there are
on practical issues such as risk-management and supervising
outdoors, the chapters on curriculum, sustainability, curiosity,
responsibility, and educational communities will serve as a
guide for anyone interested in applying educational theory to
Description (Back Cover): I love
my World is a new guidebook to rekindle the naturally playful
spirit and develop a deep connection with nature from an early
Full of bushcraft, environmental art, nature awareness and
activities, as well as mentoring tips and beautiful images, this
will make you want to pack your bags, step out and celebrate our
wonderful world. It’s for parents, outdoor educators, play
forest school leaders, teachers, aunties, uncles...in fact
a love of our world who spends time outdoors and enjoys sharing
View www.ilovemyworld.info to see how the activities described in I love my world are linked to the English National Curriculum or view the author's 'wholeland' site.
like to play indoors better ’cause
that’s where all the electrical outlets are", reports a
fourth grader. But it’s not only computers, television, and
video games that are keeping kids inside. It’s also their
parents’ fears of traffic, strangers, Lyme disease, and West
Nile virus; their schools’ emphasis on more and more
homework; their structured schedules; and their lack of access
natural areas. Local governments, neighborhood associations, and
organizations devoted to the outdoors are placing legal and
constraints on many wild spaces, sometimes making natural play a
As children’s connections to nature diminish and the social, psychological, and spiritual implications become apparent, new research shows that nature can offer powerful therapy for such maladies as depression, obesity, and attentiondeficit disorder. Environment-based education dramatically improves standardized test scores and grade-point averages and develops skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and decision making. Anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that childhood experiences in nature stimulate creativity.
In Last Child in the Woods, Louv talks with parents, children, teachers, scientists, religious leaders, child-development researchers, and environmentalists who recognize the threat and offer solutions. Louv shows us an alternative future, one in which parents help their kids experience the natural world more deeply - and find the joy of family connectedness in the process. (Amazon.com)
experiential learning has
advanced in leaps and bounds over the last 20 years. Educators
developers in the Czech and Slovak Republics have been
leaders in the field; the result of isolation of the country
communism and a unique mix of culture and geography. This book
guide to the theory and techniques, pioneered by the Czechs and
Slovaks, including the the concept of dramaturgy, a process
elements of learning psychology, role play and theatre that
concentrates on physical, social, creative and
learning states. It also includes a full set of guidelines for
designing outdoor and experiential events, along with complete
instructions for 30 games. The authors provide design
be more creative in the development of young people, as well as
learners and those involved in corporate management education.
from the publisher's description)
Contents: Part I Theory: Methods and Application: The evolution of an holistic process; Theoretical underpinnings of dramaturgy; The five stages of dramaturgy. Part II Practice: Course and Games: A team approach to programming; Running 'enhanced courses'; Using games in the programme; Game logistics; Games introduction; Social games; Physical games; Creative games; Psychological (reflective/emotional) games; Bibliography; Appendix; Index.
Peter Barnes, Bertie Everard, Angus McWilliam,
Geoff Nichols, Phil Woodyer, Adrian Ibbetson, Janet Shepherd,
Wong, Nina Saunders, Alan Smith, Roger Greenaway, Bob Sharp,
Halls, Patrick Keighley, Marcus Bailie, Geoff Cooper, Archie
Randall Williams, Kate O'Brien.
Large format paperback. 208 pages. 1-903855-36-5
Book Description and Contents
The Journal Of Adventure Education And Outdoor Learning (JAEOL)
peer reviewed journal based in the UK with an international
board. The journal was first published in 2000 and currently
two issues, one in the spring and one in the autumn.
JAEOL is of interest to all people involved in adventure education and outdoor learning. The purpose of this international journal is to promote dialogue, research, thinking, understanding, teaching and practice in the field of adventure education and outdoor learning. JAEOL publishes original papers that encourage a wider appreciation of the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary components of adventure education and outdoor learning.
Abstracts of the past issues and editorials are available at the home page for JAEOL at the Institute for Outdoor Learning.
|The shift from outdoor pursuits to adventure education was inspired by Colin Mortlock and his little red book entitled 'Adventure Education and Outdoor Pursuits' (1973). The Adventure Alternative (1984) marks the next big shift in the UK - the integration of environmental awareness into adventure education. This passionate book illustrates how much young people can achieve when given the opportunity. The educational principles in praise of adventure shine out from the meandering undercurrent of political and social commentary. (Roger Greenaway)
Colin Mortlock reflects on a life of adventure: climbing,
kayaking, offshore catamaran sailing, solo kayaking, solo
walks and (more recently) identifying wild flowers.
Adventures and reflections are mixed in a proportion in a way that echoes the author's view that "Quality action and quality reflection on that action are of fundamental equal importance"
It is the story of an adventurer and educator who is fascinated by the occasions on which he has felt "at one" with nature. These were moments of awe, wonder or synchronicity when canoeing, sailing, climbing or walking.
I prefer Beyond Adventure (2001) to the The Adventure Alternative (1984) because it is more autobiographical, more adventurous and more authentic. Colin Mortlock's style is sometimes awkward especially when he is struggling to interpret his "flow" experiences, but he does so in a plain language that makes his story accessible to all. (reviewed by Roger Greenaway)
Synopsis: This work looks beyond the excitement of adventure and exploration to investigate the relationship between man and nature. An account of an intensely personal journey, the book should appeal to all who love the outdoors. (amazon.co.uk)
|Review: This is a highly original book, illustrated with a light and lucid touch by the author himself. One of Britain's most respected outdoor educators, Tom followed Eric Shipton into direction of the flagship Outward Bound Mountain School at Eskdale where he hired me green and not golden right out of university. I found his leadership rare, extraordinary and illuminatory then. Reading his book now, I see a reflection of that unforgotten intellectual clarity, fresh as a Lakeland tarn on a cool spring morning... review continued at amazon.co.uk
Review: A cry for freedom from bureaucracy. A celebration of the value of real outdoor experience. A distrust of standardisation. A refreshing view on safety. Colin Mortlock writes about love of the outdoors. Harold Drasdo writes about its beauty. Are you romantic enough? (Roger Greenaway)
Review: Harold Drasdo's extended essay on the philosophy of outdoor education was first published nearly 30 years ago. It was highly influential in the debates about outdoor training around that time, but the cool clarity and force of his arguments amply justify its re-publication. Although Drasdo's prime focus is on the use of the countryside in outdoor education, anyone with a critical interest in the underpinning philosophy of outdoor recreation will find much food for thought in this succinct but wide-ranging and lucidly written review. (Bob Aitken at amazon.co.uk)
|Surely inspired by Mortlock and Drasdo? Here are some interesting case studies and practical ways of working in the outdoors that provide young people with direct experiences of nature. This is a truly experiential approach to sustainability. The book is a good balance of sound theory and inspiring practice. (Roger Greenaway)
interesting partnership of Professor David Hopkin's
self-esteem on Outward Bound courses together with Roger
insights as an Outward Bound Principal and author of the
'In Search of Adventure'. A very readable and
from two inspiring educators. If only the reprint had
original cover! (Roger Greenaway)
Book Description: This book explores the purpose and history of adventure education, its underpinning psychological and sociological bases and the principles of effective program design. It contains a selection of current case studies of good practice with different groups, illustrating the increasing relevance of experiential learning opportunities in the twenty-first century. The authors intend that this completely revised edition will continue to guide and stimulate those who seek career in the outdoor education and development training, whether as a main career focus or as part of wider professional or voluntary responsibilities in education, youth work, training or care. (amazon.com)
Institute for Outdoor Learning
23 different writers have contributed their thoughts in this assorted collection of writings by academics and practitioners. You will find thought-provoking chapters on many subjects including sustainability, authenticity, spirituality, femininity, masculinity, multi-cultural values, young people at risk, people with special needs and disabilities. The editor leaves you to find your own way through this wordy wilderness. But Bertie Everard's review gives you some useful navigational aids in his rigorous critique. (Roger Greenaway)
|Synopsis: The activities in "Team Building Through Physical Challenges" are designed to develop interpersonal skills as well as motor skills. These 22 Outward Bound-type tasks challenge students to work together to achieve a common goal. They aim to teach students to value teamwork, practise leadership skills, improve listening skills, and appreciate individual differences. The activities in "Team Building Through Physical Challenges" are broken down into three levels - introductory, intermediate, and advanced. These levels make the challenges ideal for students in primary and secondary schools. (Synopsis continued at amazon.co.uk)
|Reviewed at Amazon.com
Than Activities is a lively and informative handbook of ideas
activities which can be used to meet the developmental needs
(Youth Social Work)
More Than Activities is a useful, concise handbook that is in no way academic, heavy or fussy. (Sport and Leisure)
More Than Activities is an imaginative practice manual full of good ideas, programmes, exercises and suggestions. (John Harding)
More Review Comments Contents Preface Extracts
|Book Description: A comprehensive model for implementing outdoor adventure activities! Popular outdoor adventure activities provide participants with a degree of risk, challenge, and excitement. This detailed, well-illustrated volume helps to lay the foundation for a positive attitude toward adventure activities by beginning participants. Early chapters offer many practical examples as well as tested information on policies and procedures. Later chapters give detailed descriptions of twelve popular medium- and high-risk outdoor activities. The information provided is designed to serve as a guide and should be useful for improving the skills of people at all levels of ability. Strong emphasis is placed on the development of program leaders.
|Synopsis: In essays based on his popular column in "Outdoor Photographer", Galen Rowen shows how he transforms what he sees into works of art. He clearly explains why "pre-visualizing" a photograph before exposing any film is one key to making an arresting image rather than a mere replica of what we see through the viewfinder. Along the way he also offers advice on practical and technical matters such as how to pack camera gear; what to leave behind when you've got to travel light; pushing film to extremes; and when and how to use fill flash, smart flash, and remote smart flash. (Amazon.co.uk)
Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Lester Brown
Yann Arthus-Bertrand (Photographer), Robert Burleigh, Hubert Compte
learning through outdoor activities (this link
takes you to another bookshop)
Charles University Prague, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Department of Turistika, Outdoor Sports and Outdoor Education
Illustrations Petr ?oubalík
Games and problem solving activities, outdoor exercises and rope courses for youth programmes
European Year of Education through Sports 2004
Project Outdoor Sports Education
This book offers outdoor games and activities, as well as descriptions of natural or manmade obstacles, which offer a challenge. These are two areas of activities, which are necessarily involved in any outdoor education. They help young people to develop their skills, raise their self-confidence, tolerance and their sense of fair play. They also support teamwork and communication. Young people are motivated to become parts of an informal education and become young educators. In addition, many of the games and activities may be played by disadvantaged groups. These games offer the same chance of success to people who are very often disadvantaged in many other games due of their weak physical fitness or lack of skills, or because they prefer certain other specific sports.
To buy the book visit: http://www.iynf.org/books/catalogue/education-and-learning-through-outdoor-activities
and adventures with inner city youth
ADVENTURE THERAPY and youth at risk
Theory, Research, and Practice
Michael A. Gass, H.L. "Lee" Gillis, Keith C. Russell
Description: The evolution and history of
adventure therapy, as chronicled in the second chapter of this
well demonstrates how far this field has evolved from a
therapy” into an efficacious form of therapy that engages
cognitive, affective, and behavioral levels. Adventure Therapy
written by three professionals who have been at the forefront
field since its infancy. The theory, techniques, research, and
studies they present are the cutting edge of this field.
The authors focus on:
This book is the leading academic text, professional reference, and training resource for adventure therapy practices in the field of mental health. It is appropriate for a wide range of audiences, including beginner and experienced therapists, as well as graduate students. (amazon.co.uk)
A classic and a personal favourite. The design of the book
award. These 'Nature Awareness' games bring 'field studies'
make 'nature activities' even more fun than 'adventure
Review: This extraordinary bestseller is highly respected by educators worldwide. Forty-two nature awareness activities have delighted children as well as adults. Endorsed by the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, and the Audubon Society. (All Ages). (Ingram at amazon.com)
|And there's a follow-up! Sharing Nature With Children 2
Offers detailed guidance and discussion on the resourcing,
and organization of the outdoor play area, drawn from research
practical experience. The text is aimed at under-fives staff
taking relevant PGCE, BA and INSET courses. (Amazon.co.uk)
|Synopsis: Nancy Castaldo invites curious kids to experience first-hand nature's diversity and beauty with accessible, irresistible hands-on activities. City and country kids will be delighted and excited as they explore everything that is nature--from seeds to stars to spiders--while discovering their own creativity and curiosity. 150 illustrations. (Amazon.com)
|Synopsis: An anthology of poetry on the natural world and threats to the environment, which includes work by well-known and obscure poets, and features many poems written by teenagers and young children. Winner of the 1991 Earthworm Award. (Amazon.co.uk)
Accord with Nature demonstrates how educators and
leaders can help middle-school-age and higher level students
and define their relationship to nature and learn the
protecting the environment.
Knapp maps out an educational journey that begins the moment you step outdoors. Alternative teaching strategies and structured activities will connect students with both the natural and built worlds. An examination of the history of environmental ethics and the diversity of worldviews held by people in our society underscores the complexity of reaching agreements about how to live more gently on the Earth.
|Reviewers support Van Matre's outspoken criticism of environmental education approaches that are too simplistic, traditional or uncritical. Van Matre advocates direct experience and more. no longer available at amazon.co.uk
|Synopsis: This is a collection of Stephen Layman's painting and photography, exploring the beauty of unspoilt nature. (Amazon.co.uk)
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review of research covers two main areas:
"Exploring the Ingredients of Outdoor Adventure" and
"Outdoor Adventure with Young People at Risk".
You can learn more about this review on this site:
CHAPTER SUMMARIES from the 'ingredients' section
REFERENCES + new references from Peter Weinberg
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