OER-3070 Adventure Education Theory and Practice

3 credits

Prerequisite: Minimum of three outdoor education activity classes; junior or senior standing.

This course explores the nature of the adventure participant's experience from a variety of theoretical perspectives including risk-seeking, motivations, fear, optimal arousal, self-efficacy, attribution, expectancy and flow theory. Also explored are experiential education, leadership theories as applied to adventure education, and the ethics of adventure leadership. Students will participate in role playing scenarios, simulations and field trips to better understated the functioning of these theories in practice.