In what way do you feel outdoor degree's prepare people for work in…
In what way do you feel outdoor degree's prepare people for work in the outdoor industry?
Instructors with limited outdoor experience need to go an work in controlled environments such are provided by eg PGL which is ideal as a starting point while sufficient experience is gained
Broad range of experiences.
The good ones provide experience,
I think it should broaden and deepen a person’s background and experience
Only degrees which require applicants to have previous outdoor independent experience have any chance of turning out competent instructors.
In preparation for a career in the outdoors industry, experience is needed. The results show the Heads of Centre believe the good universities provide experience, with a broad range of experience required, as it deepens the persons background and experiences. It is suggested that Instructors with limited experience should work in a controlled environment such as PGL, while appropriate experience is gained, to make them employable.
Those courses that enable students to come away with NGB qualifications are more attractive than others.
Some NGB gathering
in favour of the easier to measure NGB standards and awards
help them get NGB before they graduate
Gets basic qualifications out of the way.
No enough practical experience encouraged/proven alongside the degree.
supplemented with short specialist courses.
The data suggest that Heads of Centre, believe a degree with prepare students for work in the industry, but helping them develop their NGB awards, getting the basic qualifications out of the way, supplemented with specialist short courses. In comparison to this, its also said that not enough practical experience is encouraged alongside the degree.
Academic Knowledge & Skills
The main benefit is a deeper understanding of outdoor education processes and pedagogy.
The main way is to gain insights into how people learn, and the uses for outdoor learning.
Critical thought. Global awareness.
The good outdoor degrees will have required students to have studied the pedagogical theory underpinning high quality outdoor learning.
theoretical knowledge, and skill development
If they are committed to wanting to work in the outdoor industry then the comments made to the previous question will apply.
By providing them with the underpinning knowledge and understanding to deliver outdoor learning in a range of settings
It assists in understanding of learning and personal development outcomes. It helps them to understand the reasons for what we do.
For outdoor activity at a personal development level with more complex activities higher level thinking is required to be able to plan and facilitate the day whilst being confident of enabling each individual to achieve their objectives
have more in depth knowledge of their role as a coach supporting the education and development of children and young people. They tend to understand better how to help meet the requirements of the National Curriculum
They give subject knowledge ready for an appropriate teacher training course.
From the results, it can be seen that academic knowledge and skills are how a degree prepares people for work in the outdoor industry. With a focus on pedegogic theory, underpinning theories, critical thinking and global awareness, personla development. They are also said to prepare people with a knowledge of outdoor learning as well as the national curriculum. Additionally, some say that a degree gives people the subject knowledge and pre requisitie for a teacher training course.
Doesn't Prepare people
I don't think the added value of an outdoor degree is very significant
i don't see how it does
I'm not sure they do
generally not very well for practitioner level.
I am not sure that they do. Many graduates think that they will walk into a centre management job because they have a degree but they lack experience of centre work or indeed any work in many cases
I do not think they do, some colleges are better than others.
They do not. Our industry requires hard activity skills and soft facilitation skills
Some participants believe that an outdoor degree doesn't prepare people for work in the outdoor industry, suggesting they dont think the added value of a degree is significant, and that many graduates think they will just be able to walk into management, yet they lack experience of centre work.
It prepares people to produce guidance notes operating procedures and the production of papers/reports. this of course may not be required in someone’s first job in the industry.
level of skills intrinsic to instructing, organised, logic, progression, planning, evaluating
Outdoor degree graduates, according to the results, are said to have high levels of organisational , planning and evaluating skills. Which are useful as a degree prepares people to produce guidance notes on operating procedures and the production of paperwork and reports.