Camping Promotes Teamwork and Better Understanding of Others

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This study covered four semesters, from the second semester of 2004 to semester one of 2006. An overall number of 126 pre-service physical education students of the University of the South Pacific agreed to answer a questionnaire after each semester's camping trip, asking the about what they had learned as a result of participating in the outdoors, camping experience. Overwhelmingly, answers have consistently revealed two outcomes: firstly, the teamwork and cooperation within the group, and secondly, getting to know and understand others of different cultures, ethnicity, language, religion, and race. The activities they participated in such as games, hiking, the traditional activity of 'bilibili' (bamboo rafting), and others, were all secondary to their reflection of what they have learned. The teamwork and an avenue for the better understanding and tolerance of others different, were instead the major outcomes of their camping experience. Considering the questionnaire was open-ended, thus no options for choices, the findings of this study are revealing, stating the importance of outdoor education in the development of the affective domain of learning.

Keywords: Camping, Outdoor Education, Physical Education
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Camping Promotes Better Understanding of Others Different, Teamwork, and Autonomy

Jeremy Dorovolomo

Lecturer, School of Education, University of the South Pacific
Suva, Not Applicable, Fiji

Mr. Jeremy Dorovolomo is a lecturer in physical education at the School of Education, University of the South Pacific, Fiji. His research interests are on physical education curriculum, pedagogy and learning; physical activity and health, and Solomon Islands educational issues. He had been a high school teacher at Solomon Islands schools prior to teacher education, now based in Fiji. A couple of his recent projects is an University-funded paper on'Opportunities to Learn (OTL) physical education in rural Solomon Islands schools' and lead editor to a book to be published by end of February 2008 titled, 'Pacific Education: Issues and Perspectives'.

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