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<>  S I T E F I N D E R <> Vol 4 Issue 1 <> ISSN 1465-8224
 
 > = <  From the Editor: Why 'Adventure Plus'?
 > 1 <  Review: Outdoor Education Research & Evaluation Center
 > 2 <  Trackers' Tips: Googling for Outdoor Sites
 > 3 <  Siteowners' Tips: Definitely Articles
 > 4 <  New Entries in SiteFinder Directory
 > 5 <  Review: Adventures in Creativity
 > 6 <  Book Review: Beyond Adventure
 > 7 <  Reviewing Skills Training
 > 8 <  Useful Pages at http://reviewing.co.uk
 > 9 <  Future Issues of SiteFinder Ezine
> 10 < About SiteFinder
> ! ! <  Disclaimer

 <=> FROM THE EDITOR: Why 'Adventure Plus'?
 
You may appreciate a brief explanation of the term 'Adventure
Plus' whether or not this is your first issue of 'SiteFinder':
 
1: It reduces confusion with another site called 'sitefinder'.
 
2: It makes the subject area reasonably clear, but still needs
some explanation ... It is not about adventure for its own sake.
'Plus' indicates some larger educational or developmental purpose
such as 'Learning Through Adventure'.
 
3: 'Adventure Plus' is not just about outdoor adventure because
it is also very much about experienced-based approaches to
learning and development. A bit of a mouthful, but all
experiential learning should be an 'adventure' whether it happens
indoors or outdoors.
 
4: No-one has yet come up with a neat and acceptable title to
encompass this area of work (We have a jostling jungle of
acronyms).
 
5: 'Adventure Plus' comes near the top of alphabetical listings.
 

During my 'sabbatical' from editing this newsletter, finding good
'adventure-plus' websites has become a whole lot easier because:
 
1: The range and quality of 'adventure-plus' sites is improving.
2: There are more specialist directories (or 'portal' sites) to
help find these sites. (See the main site review below.)
3: Search engines are getting quicker and smarter. (See 'Googling
for Outdoor Sites' in this issue.)
 
What is still missing? Quite a lot, but I believe there is still
a need for SITE REVIEWS to guide surfers to the best sites. Some
sites have been abandoned in stagnant backwaters (even my own
site has been called ''So 1997!'' - but that was in 1999!). Other
sites are charging ahead, some impressively flashy, while others
have strong, interesting and useful content.
 
So ... SITE REVIEWS will continue to be a major feature of this
newsletter - especially if a few subscribers (possibly you) point
me in the right direction or (better still) write a sentence or
two about an 'adventure-plus' site you like and send it to
roger@reviewing.co.uk
 
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> 1 <  REVIEW: Outdoor Education Research & Evaluation Center
 
In a very short time, James Neill (with Michael Gass and Deborah
Sugarman) has set up the best outdoor education research portal
on the web at:
http://www.wilderdom.com/research.html
 
The main features of this site are:
 
- on-line, full-text articles and theses
(including access to on-line e-libraries for individual authors)
- evaluation and research tools
- list of people with areas of expertise and interests
- links to conferences, other research sites, journals, etc.
- information on how to conduct research and evaluation
(including help with quantitative and qualitative research
design, analysis, and report writing)
- access to UNH's research & evaluation support services
- links to, or hosting of, your research & evaluation material
 
What else could you want?!
 
James Neill has very quickly produced an index to just about
everything researchers in this field may want to access via the
web - from documents to discussion groups to the people who share
a common interest in research and in using the web to stimulate
more and better research.
 
It has taken some time for such a resource to appear in
cyberspace. There have been notable individual efforts by a
number of people who have gone the extra mile in making such
information available. Christian Itin was (I think) the first to
produce a portal site. Mikal Belicove runs a huge news and
information site. Steve Bowles digs deep on his own research
site, and Rick Curtis is gathering research together on his new
site. Many professional association sites are also contributing
to this growing web of outdoor research and researchers. There
are also discussion groups based in the USA, UK and Australia
that occasionally spring to life on issues in outdoor education
research.
 
James Neill's site gives you easy access to all these other
sites, as well as providing access to research conducted by James
and other staff at the University of New Hampshire. But this is
far more than an information portal. It is part of a campaign to
encourage all researchers in this field to make better use of the
web. For example, James points out that articles published on the
web are more likely to be cited. And research has even
demonstrated this!
 
There is still a long way to go in encouraging outdoor
researchers to make full use of the internet and its various
resources. As more people take an active part in this growing
community of researchers, will small, new, alternative voices be
welcomed or smothered? How can we bring a community together that
speaks with so many different voices? James is helping to develop
a living library for us - it is up to researchers to choose
whether to stay on the research motorways or to take the byways
into our own special adventures of curiosity and discovery.
 
James left a comprehensive summary of the research carried out by
himself and his colleagues at Outward Bound Australia (see their
website). He is active in many internet discussion groups and
took a key role in the 'Scisco Conscientia' experiment - an
online research journal and discussion group that gained much
less support than it deserved (the archives are on James' site).
We need more experimentation to discover what works online -
while also working out what works well in the wilderness (or in
our own particular outdoor play space). Thanks to James'
continuing work for the outdoor research community, we have an
opportunity to make some real progress on this difficult journey.
 
James has a simple and useful question page at the heart of this
website. Not only does it help you to navigate this fast growing
site, it also invites you to ask questions to James. If you do
visit this site, say hello to James and show some appreciation,
even if you do not have a question to ask. Perhaps a good
research site should provoke more questions than it answers?
 
Every site should have its own search engine and its own
newsletter. This site has both. You can subscribe to ''the
Outdoor Education Research & Evaluation Center UPDATE
announcement list'' by going straight to:
http://www.wilderdom.com/research.html
 
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> 2 < TRACKERS' TIPS: Googling for Outdoor Sites
 
Google provides the quickest results for most enquiries - even
'outdoor' ones!
 
To transform Google into a specialist search engine for your
outdoor enquiries, simply start your enquiry with a few relevant
words such as ''outdoor experiential education'' then add words
to narrow down your enquiry e.g. ''UK'' or ''evaluation'' or
''research'' or ''jobs'' or ''therapy'' or ''special needs'' or
''teambuilding'' or ''management''. NB: Google only lists pages
that include all your words *exactly* as they are typed.
 
Google will also search *within* any site you find. This is often
much quicker and better than the search or navigation system on
the site you are visiting. To search within any site using Google
(if you use Internet Explorer), first download Google's free
toolbar from
http://toolbar.google.com and select 'Search Site'.
Or (for example) you can enter
 
conference site:www.outdoor-learning.org
 
in the Google Search Box at
http://www.google.com to find all pages with the word conference
at
www.outdoor-learning.org (the IOL UK site).
 
You can also use Google's advanced search page
http://www.google.com/advanced_search for site search
(and many other useful options).
 

The Google Directory http://directory.google.com is a good place
to narrow your search. The problem is getting to know exactly
where the editors have hidden the categories of most interest to
you. I have found 'outdoor education' sites in many different
categories including:
 
 Business
 Health
 Kids and Teens
 Philosophy of Education
 Recreation
 Reference
 Science
 
You will find direct links to 14 useful subcategories at:
http://reviewing.co.uk/outdoor/outindex.htm#google
 

These alternatives to Google have some very useful additional
features such as grouping of results in categories or the listing
of 'expert' sites:
 
 
Also try these top-rated metasearch engines:
 
 
LOOKING FOR A SITE THAT HAS DISAPPEARED?
Enter the address in the Wayback Machine at
http://www.archive.org/
and you may find that the 'dead' link was only sleeping.
 

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> 3 < SITEOWNERS' TIPS: Definitely articles!
 
I am continually amazed by how little information some websites
have. Here is a list of reasons why placing articles on your site
is a bad idea:
 
1:
 
Sorry, I couldn't think of one.
 
The list of reasons for including articles is a little longer,
starting with the higher visibility of your website in search
engine results, through to informing visitors about ... whatever
you want. Articles can be newsworthy. They can be written by
people who have used your services. They can be historical -
about how and why your service has developed over time. They can
be about books or people who have inspired what you do.
They can demonstrate your understanding of your clients' world.
They can demonstrate the theory and research that supports the
value of what you do.
 
If you don't like writing, ask a writer or journalist to
interview you. Or ask someone else to write an article for you.
If you really do have nothing to say beyond a list of
brochure-style bullet points, you can always seek permission to
publish a ready-made article on your website. If you would prefer
to be original why not commission an article?
 
Here are just a few examples of 'Adventure-Plus' sites that are
almost certainly benefiting from having articles on their sites:
 
 
What makes experiential learning so special?
http://www.teamskillstraining.co.uk/articles/exp_learn.htm
 
Outdoor Development Training
A mirror to observe and reflect on our behaviour
http://www.terranovatraining.co.uk/odt.htm
 
Why Outdoor Adventure?
http://www.generationyouthissues.fsnet.co.uk/
education/Outdoor%20Adventure.htm
[copy and paste into one line]
 
Engagement: Increasing productivity by engaging your workforce
http://www.terranovatraining.co.uk/engagement.htm
More than 30 studies in the UK and USA since the early 1990s
leave little room for doubt: how organisations manage and develop
their people has a powerful - perhaps the most powerful - impact
on overall performance, including the bottom line...
 
Strategies for improving mountain safety
Dr. Bob Sharp, Leverhulme Trust
http://www.strath.ac.uk/Departments/SportStudies/sportst/research
(full research article)
 
Self-esteem: The costs and causes of low self-worth
Professor Nicholas Emler, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
http://www.jrf.org.uk/knowledge/findings/socialpolicy/n71.asp
(5 page summary of this research review)
 
Websites that index outdoor education research articles:
http://www.outdoored.com
http://www.wilderdom.com/research.html
 
Experiential Learning articles + critiques of David Kolb's theory
http://reviewing.co.uk/research/experiential.learning.htm
 
If you have decided to click on any of the above links, my point
is well made. Articles attract visitors. And if they are well
written they can turn visitors into clients. To ensure it's a
good enough article, invite criticism from colleagues before
publishing it to the world.
 
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> 4 <  NEW ENTRIES IN SITEFINDER DIRECTORY
 
Some excellent sites are finding there way into the directory.
More will be reviewed in the next issue of this newsletter.
 
Please let others know about sites or internet resources you can
recommend by writing to me at
roger@reviewing.co.uk
 
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> 5 < SITE REVIEW: Adventures in Creativity
 
 
This site describes a refreshingly different way of journeying in
the outdoors. The colourful mandala symbol on the home page
probably says it all - if you can read pictures! The uniqueness
of the approach described here is the blending of expressive arts
and outdoor adventure. It is also a blending of inner and outer
journeys, but it would be a mistake to assume that ''arts =
inner'' or that ''outdoors = outer''.
 
The descriptions of the courses on offer show a whole variety of
rich and natural connections between the traditions of creative
arts and outdoor adventure. Paris and Iceland seem to be the
perfect locations for these 'odysseys', but the secret for
success is probably more to do with leaders having the right
blend of experience and understanding of 'outdoor adventure' and
'art therapy'.
 
The site includes a succinct summary of ''What makes our
adventure trips unique?'' plus links for further exploration of
the mandala, expressive arts therapy and Iceland - where you
visit the hole in the ground where Jules Verne's Journey to the
Centre of the Earth began. Or you can stay in Paris and join an
art therapy study group inspired by Clarissa Pinkola Estés'
"Women Who Run With The Wolves".
 
http://adventures-in-creativity.com
reviewed by Roger Greenaway
 
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> 6 < BOOK REVIEW: 'Beyond Adventure' by Colin Mortlock
 
''There is something delightfully simple in a spontaneous
decision to go into the outdoor environment and tackle some form
of adventure.''
- Colin Mortlock
 
''To be totally at peace within a storm, on the edge of one's
life, where all your experiences and abilities are being taxed to
their utmost, must be one of the ultimate experiences.''
- Colin Mortlock
 
In 'Beyond Adventure' Colin Mortlock reflects on a life of
adventure: climbing, kayaking, offshore catamaran sailing, solo
kayaking, solo wilderness walks and (more recently) identifying
wild flowers.
 
Adventures and reflections are mixed in a proportion in a way
that echoes the author's view that ''Quality action and quality
reflection on that action are of fundamental equal importance''.
 
It is the story of an adventurer and educator who is fascinated
by the occasions on which he has felt ''at one'' with nature.
These were moments of awe, wonder or synchronicity when canoeing,
sailing, climbing or walking.
 
I prefer Beyond Adventure (2001) to The Adventure Alternative
(1984) because it is more autobiographical, more adventurous and
more authentic. Colin Mortlock's style is sometimes awkward
especially when he is struggling to interpret his "flow"
experiences, but he does so in a plain language that makes his
story accessible to all.
 
reviewed by Roger Greenaway
 
This and many other outdoor education and active learning books
are reviewed at:
http://reviewing.co.uk/reviews/index.htm
 
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> 8 <  USEFUL PAGES AT REVIEWING.CO.UK
 
The Outdoor Index and Outdoor Tour
http://reviewing.co.uk/outdoor/outindex.htm
 
Adventure Activities Portals A-Z
http://reviewing.co.uk/outdoors/links.htm
 
Outdoor research on the web A~Z
http://reviewing.co.uk/research/links.htm
 
 
 
Index to Frequently Asked Questions
http://reviewing.co.uk/where/index.htm
 
Active Learning Books and Reviews
http://reviewing.co.uk/reviews/index.htm
 
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> 9 < FUTURE ISSUES OF SITEFINDER
 
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> 10 < ABOUT SITEFINDER EZINE
 
THE EDITOR: Dr. Roger Greenaway, Reviewing Skills Training
9 Drummond Place Lane STIRLING Scotland UK FK8 2JF
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