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Outdoor Education: Learning Outside the Classroom
Written by Yenah Jang | Published. 2016.11.17 16:21 | Count : 1739
From October 9th to 16th, Chadwick International School’s class of 2018 had its Outdoor Education trip to Hong Kong. Outdoor Education is the school’s unique program which gives age-appropriate experience and challenges to students outside of their comfort zones and in outdoor environments. Unlike the past two programs in grades 9 and 10 which allowed them to either kayak or hike in different places in Korea, this year’s program included a mix of the two activities in a foreign country.

Before students went onto the trip, they worried greatly because they had to complete nearly every task by themselves this year, giving them the chance to make group decisions. Many students showed concern for the rigorous hiking and kayaking plan, knowing that Outdoor Education is a physically demanding program from past experiences: most students described their past outdoor experiences as tiresome because of the kilometers of hiking and kayaking they needed to do each day. “My feet were covered with blisters towards the end of a day of hiking,” one student pointed out. “Hiking another 8 kilometers the next day seemed impossible.”

However, these concerns seemed to disappear as the students worked together with their group members. Some groups chose duties for each student, including cooking, dish cleaning, and navigating and changed them every day for fairness. When hiking, other groups respected their physically weaker friends and made them walk in the front to set the pace so that the hike wasn’t too demanding. As these examples show, the students learned to respect and cooperate with other students to avoid conflict and to make Outdoor Education enjoyable to all participants.
 

An interview was conducted with Luna Hwang, a student who participated in this program.

Q: In what area did you find Outdoor Education helpful?
A: Outdoor Education is an important program that gives me valuable experiences that I do not have a chance to get in my everyday life. Therefore, when I commit to this program, I gain more insight about myself and my surroundings and go through introspection. I feel like Outdoor Education gives me a broader perspective made narrower from continuous in-class studying.
 
Q: What was your greatest challenge, and how did you overcome it? What did you learn from it?
A: My greatest challenge was preventing my group members from getting into conflict. Outdoor
Education provided a harsh environment to all the students, causing the students to be touchy and vulnerable to conflict, including myself. At these moments, I took the role of an arbitrator and tried my best to stop these collisions. My group was able to stop these problems by correcting our misunderstandings as we discussed the aspects that harmed our feelings.

Q: In what way is Outdoor Education more beneficial than learning in a classroom?
A: All the things learnt in a classroom are secondary knowledge because they are from books, not from our own experiences. However, Outdoor Education differs by allowing us to gain knowledge solely from our experiences.
 
As shown in this interview, Outdoor Education is not a simple trip to the wilderness. It is another "classroom"  that  give  students  the  chance  to  learn  directly  from  their  experiences,  which  is unique from learning only indoors. It is hoped that more programs as Outdoor Education are developed to give students a chance for introspection.

 








Yenah Jang, G11
Chadwick International

 

Yenah Jang  student_reporter@dherald.com

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  • 이미경 2016-12-04 07:40:22

    I thought this article was very insightful. It was great to see how students were exposed to things that they were maybe not as comfortable with, and how they overcame different challenges. Great article overall!   삭제

    • Ireh 2016-11-30 23:14:10

      I also agree to how you think outdoor education can benefit students. Learning can happen from various different situations, but I believe that true learning only comes from experience, and risk taking. Thank you for writing an article that left me with deep thoughts!!   삭제

      • Ashley 2016-11-30 23:12:12

        I love the idea of how you wrote about motivating students to learn and come together as a group in nature directly through this program. Students stepping out of their comfort zone might mean a lot of things and would require courage, but I'm sure it will be an unforgettable experience!   삭제

        • Lily 2016-11-30 20:50:53

          This program's amazing! I hope that not only the CI community, but the students attending public schools could also go through this valuable life experience. OE sounds like a great program for students that want adventures outside of school.   삭제

          • 안수진 2016-11-30 16:25:10

            간접경험이 아닌 자연속에서 실질적인 체험을 한 모든 아이들이 정말 부럽고 대견하기까지 합니다.
            보는 만큼 알게된다고, 이번 야외체험학습이 아이들 모두에게 잊지못할 인생의 큰 자원으로 남게될줄 믿습니다!!!   삭제

            • Hyeseong 2016-11-30 00:00:42

              This article is telling about the trip interestingly and made me want to participate in that program. I felt like listening to the story from my friend. And I fully agree with your conclusion that Outdoor Education is another 'classroom'. Experiences are one of the best teacher!!!   삭제

              • 고희원 2016-11-29 21:57:17

                좋은 기사 잘 읽었어요~ 아웃도어에듀케이션 프로그램을 통해서 학교안에서는 경험할수 없는 문제들에 직면하고 또 극복하면서 큰 성장을 할수 있을것같습니다~ 특히 직면한 환경을 극복해나가는 상황에서 서로간 의견충돌이 있을때 이에대한 해결책을 찾기위해 노력하고 그를 통해 폭넓은 인간이해를 경험할수 있다는 점에서 감동적입니다~   삭제

                • 김향 2016-11-29 19:32:38

                  멋진 경험이었을 것 같아요. 학생들에게 꼭 필요한 프로그램인 것 같구 더 많은 학생들에게 이런 기회가 제공되면 좋겠습니다~   삭제

                  • Qwerty 2016-11-29 17:39:17

                    Sounds very interesting!
                    Looks like a lot of fun and a great chance to creat new memories with your classmates as well.   삭제

                    • JR 2016-11-29 14:06:13

                      The article was so interesting!
                      I hope my daughter can have a chance to experience like that^^   삭제

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