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Maritime adventure program: Combining the maritime, adventure and service learning in the after-school
by Ritchie, Charles, M.A., Prescott College, 2010, 417; 1483535
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines the combining of pedagogy in an after school maritime setting utilizing adventure-based education and experiential learning activities. It presents the relevancy of constructivist learning theory, intergenerational knowledge, culture, and traditional education in forming an effective program of youth development and character education. The author proposes a curriculum that is a model of use of the aforementioned theories in an effort to offer a more holistic and balanced approach to learning and development in youth. Lastly, the author proposes that maritime culture and its associated skills training (boat building apprenticeships, marine stewardship, deck hand and expedition skills) has the distinct advantage of containing inherent adventure-based activities. These activities replicate Kurt Hahn's "antidotes for the decline of modern youth" (Hahn, 1947, p.30) by engaging youth to strive through adventure to confront all physical, emotional and mental challenges that they encounter.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Adams, Michael
Commitee: Delate, John, Ustin, Arlene
School: Prescott College
Department: Adventure Education
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 49/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Curriculum development, Education philosophy
Keywords: Adolescent, Adventure, After-school, Maritime, Programming, Service-learning
Publication Number: 1483535
ISBN: 978-1-124-37720-9
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