Hi outdoor researchers,
Ming Wai - your 'listening in' rings true suggesting that curiosity and
opportunity are part of the larger (OAE) system. I am sure that we can
learn a whole lot more about it by listening to learners speaking to
each other - it will be interesting, Sue, to see the ESRC report when
it comes out. I am still wondering whether 'adventure' is mostly just
the gateway/catalyst for a whole range of interconnected learning
processes and that if the adventure message is shouted too loud, these
other processes might suffer.
Patrick, I think you are emphasising the value of effort in adventure
and life. How could I disagree with this? The rewards of effort in much
school work are long term, whereas in much adventure activity the
rewards for effort are more immediate - partly because they are often
new activities in which the learning curve is steep and early success
is visible, physical and multi-sensory.
Maybe a strong focus on adventure (which is typically presented in
terms of individual development) takes attention away from the
group experience? At some stages of development working
together in a group and developing social skills can be of greater
significance for some or all participants. In the design of OAE courses
perhaps we hedge our bets and put in a bit of everything, generating a
whole world of experiences - some more individual, some more
group-based and some more adventurous than others.
Or perhaps adventure is so important and of such intrinsic value for
everyone that we infuse everything with as much adventure as possible?
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