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ERIC Number: EJ955772
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1472-9679
Play--The Making of Deep Outdoor Experiences
Magnussen, Leif Inge
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, v12 n1 p25-39 2012
To be outdoors and involved in adventures concerns the movement between safety and risk, the familiar and the unfamiliar. Deep involvement in activities and the seriousness found in play are essential in "Bildung." Findings in this paper stem from ethnographic fieldwork conducted in a kayak community, between late autumn 2006 until the fall of 2008, with the aim of describing learning processes and experiences made outdoors. This paper examines a Norwegian kayak community, and uses two cases to illuminate the relationships between flow, peak experience, play, "Gebilde" and "Bildung" processes. The meanings produced by kayakers are seen in the light of ontological play. More particularly the possible relationship between "Bildung" and play is investigated by exploring how two situations can be seen as autotelic activities. The paper concludes that situations of lost control and of autotelic play can foster existential experiences that are more connected with the humanistic ideal of "Bildung" than with instrumental learning. A shift of focus from instrumental learning to play and adventure is seen as vital in the Bildung processes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway