“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” – Mark Twain
Author Kevin Long’s book ‘An Outdoor Educator’s Guide to Awe’ is a series of essays and reflections to improve the learning experience of students. It can be used as a guide by educators, instructors and by students themselves to identify and create unique moments of inspiration and wonderful experiences. Banking on the latest studies done in this field, it will help the reader see the bigger picture in life.
Divided into five sections, it chronicles the adventures involved in outdoor based learning. It seeks to make education more impactful than limit it to accumulation of diverse information. It encourages students to become interdependent with nature and see the bigger purpose of life. There is plenty of material in the book to support the feeling or emotion of awe. Towards the end of the book there is a section called ‘laboratory of awe’ which lists various activities and exercises that can be carried out to create awe. It’s something that can be used with groups of students as a team building exercise.
This book doesn’t claim to be a self-help book or an all revealing insightful book but it does provide hints and little activities to improve the learning experience for young students. It’s written in a simple and easy to understand manner. There are also some wonderful photographs, illustrations and quotes accompanying the text.
An Outdoor Educator’s Guide to Awe tries to put everything you do in perspective of the grander scheme of things in life. It cheers the individual to find a greater meaning to one’s existence.
Paperback: 150 pages
Publisher: The Outward Bound Trust (January 20, 2015)