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Outdoor Adventure Education through Physical Education (OutAdvEd)

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Project Identification
Project Period
12/2022 - 5/2025
Investor / Pogramme / Project type
European Union
MU Faculty or unit
Faculty of Sports Studies
Cooperating Organization
University of Luxembourg

This project is aimed at supporting educators in facilitating an innovative OAE curriculum as a way of supporting young people’s SEL. Development of social and emotional skills such as setting goals, building positive relationships, and managing emotions can contribute to students’ academic performance, reduced stress, and improved positive attitudes (Durlak, Weissberg, Taylor, & Schellinger, 2011). In 2018, the World Health Organisation (WHO) advocated that 264 million people across the globe live with an anxiety disorder. The WHO report also advocates from a global perspective that a fifth of children and adolescents have mental health difficulties (WHO 2018). Sport and outdoor adventure based learning have been attributed as a positive way of addressing mental health issues (Peacock & Brymer, 2018) and improving wellbeing (Kaiseler, Kay & McKenna, 2019). Outdoor education has been found to significantly improve SEL (Ee & Ong, 2014) thus supporting the notion that OAE has the potential to be an effective medium for SEL intervention. The ‘umbrella’ term OAE combines Outdoor Education (OE) and Adventure Education (AE). AE is primarily concerned with the development of interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships. OE is closely linked to AE, it follows experiential learning approaches and tends to encompass activities that take place in a natural setting (Stiehl & Parker, 2005) or involves participation in the natural environment (Bunting, 2006). Attributes of AE such as developing an ability to work well with others, learning to problem solve and build trust are among key foci of adventure-based learning approaches, all of which align strongly with SEL frameworks as noted above.

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Masaryk University is committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to improve the conditions and quality of life on our planet by 2030.

Sustainable Development Goal No.  3 – Good health and well-being Sustainable Development Goal No.  4 – Quality education Sustainable Development Goal No.  5 – Gender equality Sustainable Development Goal No.  6 – Clean water and sanitation Sustainable Development Goal No.  7 – Affordable and clean energy Sustainable Development Goal No.  8 – Decent work and economic growth Sustainable Development Goal No.  10 – Reduced inequalities Sustainable Development Goal No.  11 – Sustainable cities and communities Sustainable Development Goal No.  12 – Responsible consumption and production Sustainable Development Goal No.  13 – Climate action Sustainable Development Goal No.  14 – Life below water Sustainable Development Goal No.  15 – Life on land Sustainable Development Goal No.  16 – Peace, justice and strong institutions Sustainable Development Goal No.  17 – Partnerships for the goals

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