Home Research, Evaluation, & Grant-writing in Outdoor Education
KIN 901: University of New Hampshire
Class Meets: 4:10 - 7.00 pm Tuesdays, Pettee G18
Office Hours: 2-4pm Wed & Fri
James Neill
Room 210, New Hampshire Hall
ph: 862 3047; fax: 862 0154;
email: james.neill@unh.edu
Last updated:
12 Mar 2003



About this Course

The purpose of this course is to develop your knowledge and skills in research, evaluation, and grant-writing skills in the context of of outdoor education.


This is a project-based course, with an emphasis on applied learning of concepts through current projects occurring within the field of outdoor education.  The teaching methodology of the course involves students in learning by doing, with guided feedback, accompanied by reading, lecture, classroom exercises, and group discussion.  Assessment is based on performance of project tasks.  The criteria used to judge performance is the instructor's subjective impression as to the potential value of the project work to the fostering the endeavours of the outdoor education, education, and social service local, national, and global communities.


In general, students will be assigned unique individual and/or group project tasks each week.  The products of students' work will be used directly by specific organizations and made available to the public, thus top quality professional work is expected.  The role of the class meeting time is to work on skills and/or knowledge may be lacking in order to allow students to complete the project tasks.


Any course that runs for the first time inevitably has teething problems, but when students and faculty engage in a mutually respectful adventure-seeking esprit dícorp interesting real-world dilemmas can be meaningfully tackled.  And sometimes, seat-of-the-pants learning can be some of the finest and most memorable!


Suggestions for succeeding in this course including discovering and developing connection between course content and professional course, tackling the course learning tasks with gusto, and creating open and honest lines of communication with the instructor.


Ultimately, the course aims to equip you with useful research, evaluation and grant-writing skills for future professional work as managers, directors and academics in the field of outdoor education.


All assessment should be submitted electronically as attached documents via email to james.neill@unh.edu.  Marks will be made available via Blackboard and feedback will be via email.

Requirements: Students are required to complete all the assessment components in order to pass the course.  More detail about the requirements for each piece of assessment will be provided in class.


Grading: Assessments will be graded using A through to F.  Students are advised that deciding grades is an exercise of academic judgment.  Although the grades will be subjected to review upon presentation of relevant argument by students, final grade assignment will be determined by the instructorís academic judgment.


Due dates: If you anticipate being unable to complete an assessment by the due date, then please contact the instructor as early as possible to make alternative arrangements.  Early notification of needs will receive much more leniency than late requests.  Requests for extensions within a week of the due date will generally not be approved, except for emergency cases.  Late penalties will be applied to assessments that are late without approval, @ -5% per day.


Students can expect this course to:

o        be reading and writing intensive,

o        develop reading, writing and research skills. 

o        involve a variety of readings, lectures, internet search exercises, student presentations, class discussions, writing exercises, and peer review of written work.


It is expected that in addition to attending the three hour class each week, it is recommended that students do a minimum of a further four hours out of class study per week in order to complete set readings and set exercises.  In general, however, students who do particularly well in this course tend to spend closer to an average of ten hours per week out of class, allow them to engage in more depth with the advanced course materials and in individual areas of interest.


Feedback to Instructor:

Students are encouraged to provide the instructor with feedback regarding their learning needs and their progress in the course via questions and comments in class or contact in student consultation hours or via email.  A formal evaluation will be conducted on course completion.

Feedback to Students:

Students are encouraged to seek feedback from the instructor above and beyond what is normally provided in class or on assessment.