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Learning through adventure

The notion of learning through adventure is both broad and specific. Deep learning can occur when a learner is engaged in multiple adventures that as a composite will be developing the range of skills and competencies required for navigating 21st century life.

Learning through adventure would also be connected to concepts inherent with nature-based learning – especially for younger learners. The ability to be able to develop their skills of good judgement, leadership, interpersonal communication will all be enhanced through adventure.

Similarly, for adolescents, the notion of adventure might be different – but nevertheless just as stimulating. Learners thrive when immersed in activities where their passion drives their deep learning. This could be evidenced in a physical adventure (outdoor learning challenges), cultural adventures (experiencing other cultures for deeper awareness and empathy), socio-economic adventures (developing empathy for different contexts and challenges) – any packaging of a learning journey within the framework of adventure.

It is important to co-create the contexts where learning can be reflected upon, analysed and used as the motivation for further activity (e.g. social entrepreneurship).

Examples:

https://kinderen.co.nz/tag/learning-through-adventure/

http://www.susted.com/wordpress/content/teaching-sustainability-through-adventure_2013_06/

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/403861169/growing-up-wild-filming-my-year-learning-through-a

https://www.bradwoods.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/AE-Guide.pdf

Web resources:

http://www.teachmeteamwork.com/teachmeteamwork/files/InDefenseOfAdventureBasedEducation.pdf 

Application:

The notion of adventure-based learning opens up unlimited possibilities to develop skills or grow character in a multitude of ways. Learning design that introduces physical adventures and/or journeys, whether they be focused around growing cross-cultural understanding or perhaps a personal mental and physical challenge, provides opportunities for deep and enduring learning. An adventure-based approach can engage learners in ways not possible within more static environments.

Where an adventure-based approach is chosen as part of the learning design, the involvement of the learners in the design, development and directions of the adventure is very important.