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An introduction to expeditions in outdoor education. The concept, rationale and benefits.

An introduction to expeditions in outdoor education. The concept, rationale and benefits.

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  • Let’s take and Antarctic example...\n
  • Perceptions vary enormously\n e.g. Antarctica – adventure, scientific aim…\n
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  • Peter Allison (2002) took a values approach to his investigation of the expedition\n
  • Peter Allison (2002) took a values approach to his investigation of the expedition\n
  • Peter Allison (2002) took a values approach to his investigation of the expedition\n
  • Peter Allison (2002) took a values approach to his investigation of the expedition\n
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  • Peter Allison (2002) found these were some of the outcomes of an expedition\n
  • Peter Allison (2002) found these were some of the outcomes of an expedition\n
  • Peter Allison (2002) found these were some of the outcomes of an expedition\n
  • Peter Allison (2002) took a values approach to his investigation of the expedition and found four key themes emerged\n 4 themes emerge from expeditioning: natural environment, being true to oneself, relationships: dialogue contribution, post expedition adjustment. The first three can be connected with our expo themes: Connections, self, Community and Leadership.\n
  • Peter Allison (2002) took a values approach to his investigation of the expedition and found four key themes emerged\n 4 themes emerge from expeditioning: natural environment, being true to oneself, relationships: dialogue contribution, post expedition adjustment. The first three can be connected with our expo themes: Connections, self, Community and Leadership.\n
  • Peter Allison (2002) took a values approach to his investigation of the expedition and found four key themes emerged\n 4 themes emerge from expeditioning: natural environment, being true to oneself, relationships: dialogue contribution, post expedition adjustment. The first three can be connected with our expo themes: Connections, self, Community and Leadership.\n
  • Peter Allison (2002) took a values approach to his investigation of the expedition and found four key themes emerged\n 4 themes emerge from expeditioning: natural environment, being true to oneself, relationships: dialogue contribution, post expedition adjustment. The first three can be connected with our expo themes: Connections, self, Community and Leadership.\n
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What is an expedition? What is an expedition? Presentation Transcript

  • Expedition: Itsplace in outdoorenvironmentaleducationprogramsOEEDU6002 Expeditioning - Week 1
  • What is anexpedition?
  • What is anexpedition?Perceptions vary enormously...
  • Adventure?
  • Science?
  • Defining expeditions
  • Defining expeditionsThree foundations
  • Journey:specific or ‘walk about’ 6
  • Journey:specific or ‘walk about’• Physical exertion: stretch comfort zones leading to growth compared to tiredness limits learning and spiritual dimensions. 6
  • Journey:specific or ‘walk about’• Physical exertion: stretch comfort zones leading to growth compared to tiredness limits learning and spiritual dimensions.• Metaphor for our life journeys: help us understand ‘our story’ 6
  • Some degree ofuncertainty
  • Some degree ofuncertainty• Outcome not definite, decisions made and behaviours occurring during expedition influence outcome.
  • Some degree ofuncertainty• Outcome not definite, decisions made and behaviours occurring during expedition influence outcome.• How to cope with uncertainty: setting considered realistic by learners, a physical or psychological challenge is provided by the setting, appropriate degree of risk exists, diverse settings are integrated
  • SelfsufficiencyRelated to cause and effectrelationships
  • Why anexpedition ?
  • • Changes in contemporary social culture: - balance looking inwards for the source of their values and look externally to sources such as religion and community.
  • • Changes in contemporary social culture: - balance looking inwards for the source of their values and look externally to sources such as religion and community.• People searching for values: - dialogue and choice
  • • Changes in contemporary social culture: - balance looking inwards for the source of their values and look externally to sources such as religion and community.• People searching for values: - dialogue and choice• Involves: - individuals, groups and the environment in dynamic and changing relationships
  • • Changes in contemporary social culture: - balance looking inwards for the source of their values and look externally to sources such as religion and community.• People searching for values: - dialogue and choice• Involves: - individuals, groups and the environment in dynamic and changing relationships• Moral decay in society: - needs value development, self and community
  • What are the outcomes?
  • Contrasting expedition with every daylife appears to encourage individualreflection, experience leads to peopleunderstanding their story.
  • Shift from people centred thinking toland centred thinking, wilderness assacred place compared to playingfield.
  • Develop the ecological self: prioritiesrediscovered: love, belonging, family,community, sharing, love of nature
  • 4 themesemerge fromexpeditioning
  • 4 themesemerge fromexpeditioning• natural environment
  • 4 themesemerge fromexpeditioning• natural environment• being true to oneself
  • 4 themesemerge fromexpeditioning• natural environment• being true to oneself• relationships: dialogue contribution
  • 4 themesemerge fromexpeditioning• natural environment• being true to oneself• relationships: dialogue contribution• post expedition adjustment
  • Benefits of expeditions 16
  • Benefits of expeditions 16
  • • Enjoyment of natureBenefits of expeditions 16
  • • Enjoyment of nature• Spiritual renewalBenefits of expeditions 16
  • • Enjoyment of nature• Spiritual renewal• Metaphor for spiritual journeyBenefits of expeditions 16
  • • Enjoyment of nature• Spiritual renewal• Metaphor for spiritual journey• Facilitation to enhance spiritual journeyBenefits of expeditions 16
  • • Enjoyment of nature• Spiritual renewal• Metaphor for spiritual journey• Facilitation to enhance spiritual journey• Attention, confidence and contemplationBenefits of expeditions 16
  • • Enjoyment of nature• Spiritual renewal• Metaphor for spiritual journey• Facilitation to enhance spiritual journey• Attention, confidence and contemplation• Benefits are sequentialBenefits of expeditions 16
  • • Enjoyment of nature• Spiritual renewal• Metaphor for spiritual journey• Facilitation to enhance spiritual journey• Attention, confidence and contemplation• Benefits are sequential• SolitudeBenefits of expeditions 16
  • • Enjoyment of nature• Spiritual renewal• Metaphor for spiritual journey• Facilitation to enhance spiritual journey• Attention, confidence and contemplation• Benefits are sequential• Solitude• Group trust and emotional safetyBenefits of expeditions 16
  • • Enjoyment of nature • Self concept,• Spiritual renewal compassion, nature• Metaphor for spiritual awareness and fitness journey• Facilitation to enhance spiritual journey• Attention, confidence and contemplation• Benefits are sequential• Solitude• Group trust and emotional safetyBenefits of expeditions 16
  • • Enjoyment of nature • Self concept,• Spiritual renewal compassion, nature• Metaphor for spiritual awareness and fitness journey • Relationships,• Facilitation to enhance appreciation. spiritual journey• Attention, confidence and contemplation• Benefits are sequential• Solitude• Group trust and emotional safetyBenefits of expeditions 16
  • • Enjoyment of nature • Self concept,• Spiritual renewal compassion, nature• Metaphor for spiritual awareness and fitness journey • Relationships,• Facilitation to enhance appreciation. spiritual journey • Emotional identity• Attention, confidence and contemplation• Benefits are sequential• Solitude• Group trust and emotional safetyBenefits of expeditions 16
  • • Enjoyment of nature • Self concept,• Spiritual renewal compassion, nature• Metaphor for spiritual awareness and fitness journey • Relationships,• Facilitation to enhance appreciation. spiritual journey • Emotional identity• Attention, confidence and • Leadership: influenced contemplation positively• Benefits are sequential• Solitude• Group trust and emotional safetyBenefits of expeditions 16
  • • Enjoyment of nature • Self concept,• Spiritual renewal compassion, nature• Metaphor for spiritual awareness and fitness journey • Relationships,• Facilitation to enhance appreciation. spiritual journey • Emotional identity• Attention, confidence and • Leadership: influenced contemplation positively• Benefits are sequential • Complexities associated• Solitude with expedition:• Group trust and multilayered: self, others, emotional safety environmentBenefits of expeditions 16
  • Seven suggestions forplanning andconducting expeditions1 Set aside time for people to think, talk and write about spirituality such as journal writing, solos, meditation. Allison, Peter (2002). A study of youth expeditions. (unpublished)
  • Seven suggestions forplanning andconducting expeditions2 Focus debriefing sessions on the spiritual nature of experiences as these are often emotionally intense. Allison, Peter (2002). A study of youth expeditions. (unpublished)
  • Seven suggestions forplanning andconducting expeditions3 Take people out of their ‘normal environments’ Allison, Peter (2002). A study of youth expeditions. (unpublished)
  • Seven suggestions forplanning andconducting expeditions4 Create opportunities for people to be significantly affected at an emotional level, such as exploring personal limits. Allison, Peter (2002). A study of youth expeditions. (unpublished)
  • Seven suggestions forplanning andconducting expeditions5 Encourage activities that help people to explore their connections to each other. Allison, Peter (2002). A study of youth expeditions. (unpublished)
  • Seven suggestions forplanning andconducting expeditions6 Take advantage of the environment by telling participants about the history of the area creating connections between their experiences and the human and non-human past of the environment. Knowledge of the environment can increase human-nature relationships. Allison, Peter (2002). A study of youth expeditions. (unpublished)
  • Seven suggestions forplanning andconducting expeditions7 Encourage people to consider their world view: i.e. individuals consider their connections with their past and with others (narrative understanding). Allison, Peter (2002). A study of youth expeditions. (unpublished)
  • Expedition Goals