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Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
About 20 years ago, a number of Yukon schools took a different approach to outdoor education and outdoor pursuits. During the 1970s and 1980s, most Yukon high schools and junior high schools offered a course called Outdoor Education. These courses fit into the conventional blocks in a school timetable. Outdoor activities longer than these blocks of time typically took time from other teachers. This created a constant source of school tension in which students often fell behind in the other subjects and were required to play "catch-up" on their own time. This approach did little to link the outdoor activity with other subjects or to gain support from the larger school staff. Including field studies with outdoor pursuits has proved to be a successful educational approach. The ability to fuse an outdoor activity with related field studies benefits the entire educational enterprise. The linking of field studies with an outdoor pursuit gives both the study and the activity additional meaning. In addition, field studies reinforce both labs and lectures in specific subjects. In this paper, the author discusses one such program, describes a number of field studies employed in this program, and highlights some of the long-term benefits of this program.
High Schools; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education