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Outdoor Education Program Goals & Objectives

Goal 1:
Outdoor education students will be prepared to provide safe, environmentally sound, and effective outdoor education programs and services. Students will be able to:

1.  Develop and implement outdoor education experiences that reflect client goals and characteristics;

2.  Develop and implement risk management plans for emotionally, socially, and physically safe outdoor education experiences;

3.  Assess natural and cultural history factors for implementing environmentally sound outdoor education experiences;

4.  Implement current GCSU accredited policy and procedures.

Goal 2: Outdoor education students will be prepared to provide leadership in a variety of land, water, and challenge technical activities. Students will be able to:

1.  Complete a set of nationally recognized training programs;

2.  Provide supervised leadership in selected outdoor pursuits to a range of client groups;

3.  Maintain currency with specific industry standards.

Goal 3: Outdoor education students will be prepared to utilize experiential activities with small groups to promote changes in feelings, thinking, and behavior. Students will be able to:

1.  Design and implement group development activities aimed at attaining client goals;

2.  Process experiences using basic and advanced facilitation techniques;

3.  Develop and assess personal facilitation goals;

4.  Assess and manage group dynamics;

5.  Know and use theoretical constructs associated with primary outcomes for group development activities and outdoor pursuits such as communication, respect for diversity, team effectiveness, shared situational leadership, problem solving,
and trust;

6.  Work effectively in cooperative learning groups in class.

Goal 4: Outdoor education students will be prepared to model and promote environmental stewardship. Students will be able to:

1.  Complete relevant nationally recognized training;

2.  Develop environmental education lesson plans for specific ecosystems associated with technical trips, organizations or client groups;

3.  Complete service learning requirements associated with environmental education courses in relevant settings.

Goal 5: Outdoor education students will be prepared to model and promote service learning and service to the profession and the communities in which they work. Students will be able to:

1.  Complete 15 hours per semester in the major in relevant service learning;

2.  Implement GCSU accredited policy associated with service learning.

Goal 6: Outdoor education students will be prepared to practice outdoor education in recreation, education, training and development, or therapeutic settings, or to make successful application to graduate school. Students will be able to:

1.  Have a command of theory and research associated with the field of outdoor education and the specific setting in which they wish to practice;

2.  Apply comprehensive knowledge of the field to a range of professional issues and functions;

3.  Take courses that will position them to apply to graduate school in outdoor education or related disciplines.

Dr. Jeff Turner 
117 Parks Memorial Building
Campus Box 112
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone (478) 445-4072
Fax (478) 445-1790

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