A sociocultural investigation of the efficacy of outdoor education to improve learner engagement
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White, R. (2012) 'A sociocultural investigation of the efficacy of outdoor education to improve learner engagement', Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 17(1), pp. 13-23.
A sociocultural investigation with Year 8 secondary-school students experiencing marginalization and displaying signs of social and emotional difficulties in engaging fully with school life who participated in a mediated outdoor education programme was undertaken for this study. The findings indicate that there was a very statistically significant change in self-concept (p < 0.05) during the course of the programme. In addition, all participants reported positive results in relation to building trust, group cohesion, and emotional regulation with positive results on facing the challenges they experience daily within school. Moreover, 75% reported that they experienced positive gains in their family since beginning participation in the programme, and 100% stated that they had developed a deeper level of trust for the other group members.