Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=1670919
 
 

References (13)



 


 



Adventure Learning: Not Everyone Gets to Play


David Allen Larson


Hamline University - School of Law

September 2, 2010

RETHINKING NEGOTIATION, Vol. 2, VENTURING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Christopher Honeyman, James Coben, Giuseppo DePalo, eds., DRI Press, 2010

Abstract:     
Educators/trainers try very hard to be inclusive. But sometimes we adopt learning strategies that have the opposite effect. Unless we are careful, the programs we develop may exclude participants because of disability, ethical issues, cultural differences, spirituality, and religion.

Adventure learning encourages students to physically leave the classroom in order to experience how theoretical models and principles apply in the “real” world. Adventure learning admittedly has substantial value. But the initial rush of enthusiasm must be tempered. When participants are directed to venture out of the classroom in order to perform specific tasks, some individuals may find it impossible to complete those assignments.

When a student, without warning or notice, suddenly is confronted with the fact that an essential part of the learning experience will be experiential, and consequently impossible for him or her to complete, then all participants are harmed. The student will be isolated by the abrupt and complete separation from the group. The characteristic that makes this student different will be highlighted in a dramatic fashion. Unique insights attributable specifically to the experiential nature of the exercise will be unavailable to the student. Although the rest of the students who can participate in the adventure learning exercise likely will report their experiences to the entire group once that group is reassembled, the fact that the excluded student only can hear about an adventure learning experience emphasizes the fact that the excluded individual(s) did not share this learning opportunity.

The harm is not restricted to the excluded individual(s), however. To the degree that we believe that diversity has inherent value and that different perspectives are important, an adventure learning exercise can exclude someone as effectively and completely as a bold lettered “No ‘__s’ Allowed” sign (feel free to fill in the blank). Unique perspectives that may be valuable for the entire group will be lost. Furthermore, adventure learning exercises often lead to more intense and multidimensional experiences than one can have in the classroom. Shared experiences of this nature help create connections, and perhaps even friendships, among those who articipate. Individuals who are excluded, however, not only miss the experience itself, they miss the opportunity to build connections with their fellow participants. Particularly when it comes to programs that last only a few days, this loss can be impossible to overcome and the excluded individuals may be relegated to the periphery of the group.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 16

Keywords: Negotiation,Teaching.Learning,Adventure,ADR,Mediation,Training,Conflict,Dispute,Resolution,physical,disability,multi-cultural,diversity,language,religion,ethics,morality,discriminate,exclude,discrimination,international,classroom,ADA,Americans with Disabilities Act,pedagogy,liability,accommodation

JEL Classification: A20,A21,A22,A23,C70,C90,D74,I20,I21,129,J20,J50,J52,J53,J58,J70,J71,J78,J79,K30,K40,M10,M53

Accepted Paper Series


Download This Paper

Date posted: September 4, 2010  

Suggested Citation

Larson, David Allen, Adventure Learning: Not Everyone Gets to Play (September 2, 2010). RETHINKING NEGOTIATION, Vol. 2, VENTURING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Christopher Honeyman, James Coben, Giuseppo DePalo, eds., DRI Press, 2010 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1670919

Contact Information

David Allen Larson (Contact Author)
Hamline University - School of Law ( email )
1536 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104-1237
United States
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 870
Downloads: 114
Download Rank: 143,558
References:  13

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo5 in 0.297 seconds