Simon Beames, lecturer in outdoor learning at Edinburgh University, presents a framework for adventurous learning that can be used to analyse your own teaching practices.
“The trusty Oxford Concise dictionary tells us that an adventure is an ‘unusual, exciting, or daring experience’. Scholars tell us its ‘outcomes cannot be predicted to any great degree’ (Higgins, 2001) and that it involves ‘a degree of uncertainty’ (Mortlock, 1984). Perhaps, most importantly, an adventure is ‘a challenge that will demand the best of our capabilities — physically, mentally, emotionally’. As we dig deeper in to the meanings of adventure, we see how it is individually and culturally relative. People have their own subject views on what constitutes an adventure and what doesn’t.”