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Contrast and comparison of outdoor educational program planning practices through a conceptual framework lens West, Darren


This study investigated program planning practices in outdoor education. The investigation looked through a conceptual framework lens at three different cases of outdoor education: Voluntary, Governmental, and Commercial. The research sought to ascertain to what extent theory is reflected in practice. During the research there was also opportunity to gain an insight into whether planning involves the learners, and more specifically whether it involves children learners. Information was gathered through investigation of theoretical perspectives of program planning and through case analysis via interviewing. Data suggests that there are varying levels of learning integrated within program planning. The data also confirms that care should be taken to reduce the gap between theory and practice with outdoor education program planning frameworks. The following pages detail the research process, the findings and conclusions.

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