Outdoor learning and learning cycles: moving forward

Lynch, Jonathan (2010) Outdoor learning and learning cycles: moving forward. Horizons . pp. 4-7.

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Abstract

In my work of teaching outdoor studies students I’ll often explore the history of outdoor education, adventure education and now outdoor learning. It’s a privileged position as it can help me to see the development in patterns of professional practice over the years; sometimes things repeat themselves and we can seem to stay wedded to old practices. In other areas of our field there can sometimes be a shift in thinking, theoretical application or understanding of a concept and we take a leap forward as a profession. One such example is the popular use of experiential learning cycles and the process of reviewing to foster learning in outdoor education participants. Kolb’s learning cycle (see Fig 1.) is a good example (1984) and is referred to in abundance in literature from our field from the 1980s onwards. It is especially common in development training literature from the past; in the Brathay Hall staff development notes of that time in the early 1980s trainers were encouraged to understand and follow the Kolb learning process (Everard, 1993; 13) on all courses.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Horizons
Publisher: Institute for Outdoor Learning
ISSN: 1462 - 0677
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies > Outdoor Studies
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2017 15:13
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2017 06:14
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2748

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