Research in Outdoor Education

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Keynote: Components of the Outdoor Trip: What Really Happens


This paper has two goals. First is an exploration of the components and outcomes of an outdoor education trip upon participants. Second, is the utilization of a "research team" to examine these, outcomes and compare these im­pacts with past experiences and previous re­search. Thus, this paper is really a collection of several papers. The paper is structured in the following way; Jim Sibthorp, North Carolina State University and Erin Sharpe, Indiana Uni­versity, present findings from two studies con­ducted on a group of outdoor education students participating in the Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education (C.O.R.E.) program offered at Indiana University during the spring semester of 1999. The C.O.R.E. program is a semester-long experiential-based program that is focused on the development of outdoor leader­ship skills. Following the presentations on the findings of these studies, Dr. Joel Meier, Indiana Univer­sity, Dr. Leo McAvoy, University of Minnesota, and Dr. Ken Gilbertson, University of Minne­sota-Duluth utilize their extensive past experi­ences to react to these findings. More specifi­cally, in what ways were the findings from Sib­thorp and Sharpe congruent with these experts' past experiences and in what ways were they divergent? Building on these reactions, Nina Roberts, Colorado State University and Shayne Galloway, Indiana University develop a long ­term research agenda for continuing work in understanding the components and potential out­comes of an outdoor education trip. Following these remarks, Dr. Alan Ewert, Indiana Univer­sity provides concluding comments regarding the future of research ·in outdoor education using the "research team" concept.

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