Social context: group
Typical strategies: guided discovery
Outdoor learning extends the classroom into the great outdoors, where a wider range of activities can be undertaken, typically for team-building and leadership development. Most outdoor learning is experiential: participants are allocated to groups and are set tasks, perhaps crossing a lake or building a shelter; when the task has been completed they then review how they went about the task and make new generalisations about the process they should follow in future.
Outdoor learning is:
- at its best when voluntary, open in terms of outcomes, designed to suit all ages and fitness levels, facilitated by skilled trainers;
- best avoided when mandatory, contrived in terms of outcomes, overly demanding physically.