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New Content Update #3
January, 2003
James Neill

New Content Updates focus on new Outdoor Education philosophy, theory, research and evaluation content, particularly on the web, and other notable, related events.

  • Note that the Center has a new url: http://www.wilderdom.com.

  • If you have outdoor education research news that you'd like announced through this research center update, email James Neill.

1. Bibliographies
2. Philosophy & Theory
3. Research Studies
4. Research Methods & Tools
5. Adventure Therapy
6. Recreation, Leisure & Environment
7. Writing Studying, Publishing & Conferences
8. Resource Sites
9. Other Topics
 

1. Bibliographies

In an effort to help coordinate the knowledge capital in outdoor education, particularly philosophy, theory, research and evaluation, bibliographies, reference lists, databases, and indexes are particularly useful.  You can now access many references, abstracts and full citations via http://www.wilderdom.com/bibliographies.html.  In particularly, recently added have been:


2. Philosophy & Theory

It is not easy to locate information about the philosophy and theory of outdoor education on the internet - much is tied away in old books and journals, organizational archives, and yarns around the campfire.  The following mixture of old and new materials was identified as being relevant to the philosophy of outdoor education.  In addition, I am inviting other to write up descriptions of their own personal philosophy of outdoor education and post them on the net.  My philosophy can be now be found at: http://www.wilderdom.com/MyPhilosophy.htm


3. Research Studies

It is difficult to find new research about outdoor education on the web because:
(a) most of them are not published;
(b) the ones that are published are mostly in hard-copy only journals

Thus, mostly I continue to offer mostly my own research publications.  But please do also check out a the very interested Catalano, et al. review of research findings on positive youth development programs in the USA.  I have written to him to point out his oversight in not including the outdoor education literature and he has told me that he look into it for future reviews.  I think this underlines the importance of increasing the profile of outdoor education research literature - it must be good enough and available enough to be picked up by scanners from other disciplines.  See Catalano, et al. (2002) Positive Youth Development in the United States: Research Findings on Evaluations of Positive Youth Development Programs Prevention and Treatment - http://journals.apa.org/prevention/volume5/toc-jun24-02.htm

Research studies I've added recently:


4. Research Methods & Tools

A significant part of the solution for enhancing the quality of outdoor education research is greater availability of understanding of outdoor education relevant research methods, tools, and information.  To this end, the following new material is available:


5. Adventure Therapy

For a small field of inquiry and endeavor, adventure therapy has produced a reasonable amount of written material that warrants reviewing.   To that end, a new page has been developed to track adventure therapy publications - see http://www.wilderdom.com/adventuretherapy.html.  Recent additions to adventure therapy material at that site are:


6. Recreation, Leisure & Environment

The recreation, leisure and environmental education education literature is vast compared to outdoor education literature.  Perhaps what's important to growth of outdoor education here is to identify particularly studies in these other fields and adapting the knowledge and testing it within outdoor education.  Here's are some interesting such links:


7. Writing, Studying, Publishing & Conferences


8. Resource Sites

The following are new and notable resource sites for outdoor education research, etc.


9. Other Topics