The 'Outdoor Education Learning Model'
‘Outdoor Experiential Learning’, helps students’ to build better physical skills as well as more self-confidence. These types of learning experiences develop ‘feelings of respect’ for the environment; both natural and man-made. This method of teaching integrates specific curriculum disciplines while assisting to develop and inspire students in become caring and responsible citizens. In addition to building ‘Environmental Literacy’ and acquiring ‘Ecological Knowledge’, students are encouraged through experience to develop an ‘Attitude of Conservation’ for the natural environment.
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Children need a wide variety of learning experiences to facilitate concept development, especially in their early years. "Whole Child" development experiences that foster the social-emotional and nature intelligences’ are provided in classrooms but, they are often limited by space, time, and available resources. The outdoor learning environment is rich in potential, with real-life multi-sensory experiences. Combined ‘Learning Activities’ within the 3 areas of the outdoor education model helps students to build environmental literacy while developing: problem solving skills, attitudes of cooperation, sensitivity to others’ and the skills for group interaction. Furthermore, they compliment our education system by integrating learning opportunities for developing character and group problem-solving which are essential in today’s real world.