The Elephant in the Black Box:
A Parable About Outdoor Education
30 Jul 2004
The process of outdoor education has been described as a 'Black Box'. In other words, when participants enter an outdoor education experience, they step into a black box, and then after the experience, step out of the box, without us really knowing what happens in the middle.
"The process of outdoor education has been described as a Black Box."
Many people are
reasonably content with not knowing what happens in the black box, because
they are satisfied with what they see of participants when they emerge.
|Some people think they know what’s in the box - and they’ll tell you, yes, I’ve seen inside the black box, and I know that it is “Affiliation with nature that makes people change”. Another says, “Its because participants learn self-responsibility and self-discipline”. Another says, “The outdoors brings people together and the social interaction helps them grow”. And yet another says, “That’s all garbage, people just get a thrill out of doing something they’ve never done before”, and so on. Next....|