Redefining the Classroom

2014 Fund for LSSU Recipient

Recreation Studies 365 Class Excursion

Following a semester of learning about risk management, safety, search and rescue, logistics, nutrition, trail techniques, and ethics within the classroom, Dr. Sally Childs' Recreation Studies 365 class went on an expedition to put what the students learned to the ultimate, real life test. From May 5 to May 14, 2014, eight students and one advisor traveled to Saranac Lake, New York. The goal of the field experience was to gain hands on educational experience and knowledge of hiking, primitive camping, and rafting while getting the chance to enjoy the great outdoors.

This project put everything learned in the classroom into perspective. In the classroom, students learned the importance of preparing oneself for an expedition. They also learned about several theories as they pertain to learning and the ability to perform tasks. One example of a theory taught in the course is the Social Cognitive Theory which states that learning occurs in social context and much of what is learned by a person is learned through observation. The Social Cognitive Theory demonstrates how important an excursion such as this is to allow students to observe how classroom learning can be applied to real life. Overall, the students gained valuable, supplemental education by taking part in this exciting adventure.

Funds from the Fund for LSSU were used to offset the cost of renting canoes for the expedition.