Boys Go Bush: Pedagogical Insights to the Experiences of New Zealand Adolescents on Solo


  • John Maxted EIT Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand


Boys Go Bush presents insights of pedagogical significance arising from a doctoral project examining wilderness solitude within formal education settings. It delves deeply into the experiences of nine adolescent males undertaking a two-day, two-night solo experience in the New Zealand bush as a component of an adventurous five month program delivering the New Zealand year 10 academic curriculum in a place-specific and innovative manner. A hermeneutic phenomenological inquiry framework (van Manen, 1997) was utilized to capture the essential qualities of the solo ‘as lived', guided by the question: “what is the meaning and significance of the forty-four hour solo as experienced by students at Tihoi Venture School?†Of relevance was what soloists did, felt, and thought about during solo and the meanings their lived-experiences came to represent.