Event Title

The Role of Integrated Outdoor Education in the Production of Elites: A Case Study on the Timbertop Program at Geelong Grammar School

Location

Diamond 123

Start Date

1-5-2014 9:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 10:15 AM

Project Type

Presentation- Restricted to Campus Access

Description

Outdoor education programs have long been linked with enriching the leadership, character-building, and interpersonal skills in the developing student. Geelong Grammar School in Australia has chosen to incorporate a year-long program called Timbertop where ninth grade students travel to a remote campus and are immersed in an intense outdoor education program to supplement their standard academic curriculum. In the context of elite education, the inclusion of an extensive outdoor education is rare because of the level of academic rigor that these years typically entail in preparation for University. How does outdoor education enhance the social, cultural, and personal capital of an elite student? This presentation explores both the foundations on which the Timbertop program is built and the different ways in which this type of unique educational experience contributes to production of elites.

Faculty Sponsor

Adam Howard

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Education Program

CLAS Field of Study

Interdisciplinary Studies

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

799

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The Role of Integrated Outdoor Education in the Production of Elites: A Case Study on the Timbertop Program at Geelong Grammar School

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Outdoor education programs have long been linked with enriching the leadership, character-building, and interpersonal skills in the developing student. Geelong Grammar School in Australia has chosen to incorporate a year-long program called Timbertop where ninth grade students travel to a remote campus and are immersed in an intense outdoor education program to supplement their standard academic curriculum. In the context of elite education, the inclusion of an extensive outdoor education is rare because of the level of academic rigor that these years typically entail in preparation for University. How does outdoor education enhance the social, cultural, and personal capital of an elite student? This presentation explores both the foundations on which the Timbertop program is built and the different ways in which this type of unique educational experience contributes to production of elites.

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