Transformative Learning through Restorative and Social Justice Education – Revised Edition
Chapter 2. Heading West: Hands-on Learning and Outdoor Education Increases Student Motivation
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Hands-on Learning and Outdoor Education Increases Student Motivation
Over the course of the five separate Westward Bound summer school courses, hands-on learning and living within a natural setting were key elements of our program. In this chapter, I will provide a brief history and rationale for the inclusion of these elements. Using qualitative research methods, such as in-depth interviews during and after the course, as well as journal evidence, this study explores the following questions:
We begin by looking at the rationale, research, and experiences that guided our decision to include hands-on learning and experiences in nature as essential components of our program.
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