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Introduction
ByChris Hodgson, Matt Berry
Pages 4

This book is intended to appeal to a range of readers from varying backgrounds. Primarily we expect that students studying at undergraduate level will find it particularly useful as a guide to the processes and practical aspects of adventure education that will support their intellectual understanding of our ever-developing discipline. We also expect that professional adventure educators will find that the book supports them as they develop an understanding of what we do and why we do it, which can go hand in hand with knowledge of technical skills. If we want credibility as professionals in education, it is imperative that

we move beyond purely sports-and technical-based knowledge, which is already well catered for by the governing body and activity instructor award schemes. As yet, this educational knowledge base and skills set have not had the recognition and emphasis that they deserve. This may be due partly to our preoccupation with safety-based skills, which, although vital, do not constitute the complete understanding that is necessary to plan and deliver educational experiences. Organisations like the UK-based Institute of Outdoor Learning are now making inroads in this area with an accreditation scheme that aims to recognise and validate an educational skills set that is equal to technical and safety skills. This book can provide a valuable resource for professionals hoping to develop their educational skills.