Outdoor education in the schools:
What can it achieve?


James T. Neill

In Catalysts for Change: 10th National Outdoor Education Conference Proceedings Jan, 20-24, pp. 193-201. Collaroy Beach, Sydney, Australia: The Outdoor Professionals, 1997


Although outdoor education has become firmly established in many school curriculums, it remains unclear what this has achieved. This paper reviews the current state of research on a wide range of school outdoor education programs. The surprising lack of good quality studies prompted this paper to emphasize a rationale for research and evaluation and to provide strategies for implementing more systematic study of outdoor education programs.

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