What is Outdoor Education

OUTDOOR EDUCATION--What does it mean?

What is the difference between Adventure Sports and Outdoor Education?

Outdoor Education can be defined in a broad context as including aspects of adventure sports, ecology and environmental studies with the general aim of contributing to an individual's physical, social and personal development while endevouring to ensure that these individuals become more aware of the environment and the importance of conserving it for future generations.

Every outdoor educator must spend time resolving or attempting to resolve such basic questions as the difference between outdoor education and outdoor pursuits, as well as other more demanding philosophical questions.

An outdoor educator may use the same medium of adventure sports but the aims and objectives will differ as the concerns of the outdoor tutor is education using adventure sports and outdoor activities as its medium rather than an end in its self.

Consequently what once was a narrow outdoor pursuit programme has broadened to achieve this goal and includes problem solving activities, expeditions, camp-craft and field studies.

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