In Defense of the Moral Worth of Wilderness Education: Expeditions as Traveling Monasteries

Authors

  • Paul Stonehouse Simpson University

Abstract

A quick review of college-level Outdoor Adventure Education (OAE) textbooks reveals that the long-held assumption of character development through OAE persists to the present (Martin, Cashel, Wagstaff, & Breunig, 2006, p. 92; Priest & Gass, 2005, p. 13; Prouty, Collinson, & Panicucci, 2007, p. 10, 13). However, within the OAE literature one also finds a growing body of dissent questioning this traditional assumption (Barrett & Greenaway, 1995, pp. 9-10; Brookes, 2003a, 2003b; Drasdo, 1973/1998, p. 28; Hahn, 1965b, p. 9; Hogan, 1992, p. 28; Pleasants, 2007, p. 54; Price, 1970, p. 84, 87; Wurdinger, 1987, p. 31).