What is Adventure Education All About?


Episode 113: How would you define Adventure Education?  VPP host Phil Brown often discusses the many benefits of Adventure Education, but in this episode, he spends the next 20 minutes mapping out a definition of Adventure Education and connecting it to your work in the field. He references journals and industry literature to frame the subject. Most importantly, he perceptively relates the term Adventure Education and its outcomes to programming and work in the field of challenge courses and more. Here’s a short preview of what’s covered…

Topics & Questions Presented in This Episode

  • Definitions of Adventure and Adventure Education
  • Explanation of Transfer of Skills Theories 
  • What’s the difference between active and passive learning? 
  • What are some of the positive outcomes of Adventure Learning?
  • What leads to participant growth? Is a successful outcome on an element or initiative required? 
  • What are some outcomes of Adventure Education?
  • Is there a difference between learning and education?

Additional Resources

Adventure Education and Outward Bound: Out-of-Class Experiences That Make a Lasting Difference – John Hattie and more

How are Adventure Education Program Outcomes Achieved? – Marsha McKenzie

Journal for Experiential Education – journal resource