Education Framework

The Outdoor Education Group has developed a tool known as the Educational Framework that is essentially a matrix of specific outcomes grouped around the pillars of Self, Others and the Natural World.

Self:
An individual’s personal life skills, psychological health and behavioural self-management.

Others:
An individual’s capacity, skills and behaviour with regard to cooperation and productive interaction with others.

Natural World:
An individual’s capacity to connect to and take care of the natural world. This may include an awareness of, sensitivity to, and knowledge about the natural environment and human impact.

The Educational Framework allows schools and groups to select particular outcomes that best address the needs of participants at each year level. For each individual program, we develop a curriculum paper known as the Essential Teaching Document (ETD) that:

  • Identifies an overall ‘theme’ for your program such as leadership or responsibility;
  • Defines your educational goals;
  • Ensures a consistent delivery of core outcomes across all groups.
  • Provides background information to the Teaching Team that allows them to understand your school / group and participants in a wider context; and
  • Specifies particular tasks or strategies that must be addressed during the program.

Drawn from these three domains of human relationships, The Outdoor Education Group Educational Framework consists of the 3 core competencies and 13 specific competencies, as illustrated below:

The Outdoor Education Group Educational Framework

CORE CURRICULUM
Facilitated on all The Outdoor Education Group programs.
Value Definition
Respect & Responsibility for Self A person values, respects, cares for, and takes responsibility for him/herself.
Respect & Responsibility for Others A person values, respects, helps, and cares for other people.
Respect & Responsibility for the Environment A person values, respects, cares for, and takes responsibility for the natural environment.

 

SELF
An individual’s personal life skills, psychological health and behavioural management.
Specific Competency Definition
S1. Accepting Challenge A person seeks out, thrives and benefits from taking on challenges.
S2. Emotional Resilience A person is able to effectively manage his/her emotional responses to difficult and stressful situations.
S3. Goal Setting A person is able to set appropriate goals and work towards achieving them.
S4. Spirituality A person has a sense of personal meaning and seeks a deeper understanding of him/herself and his/her life.
S5. Physical Well-Being A person is motivated to engage in physical exercise, eat healthily, and to look after his/her physical well-being.

 

OTHERS
An individual’s capacity, skills, and behaviour with regard to cooperation and productive interaction with others.
Specific Competency Definition
O1. Conflict Resolution A person is able to find effective strategies for resolving conflicts he/she has with other people.
O2. Community Action A person actively cares for and fosters positive communities.
O3. Followership A person respects and supports his/her leaders and follows group rules.
O4. Group Problem Solving A person contributes positively to team work and solving group problems.
O5. Leadership An effective leader is a person who empowers others to get a job done.

 

NATURAL WORLD
An individual’s capacity to connect to and take care of the natural world. This may include awareness of, sensitivity to, and knowledge about the natural environment and human impact.
Specific Competency Definition
NW1. Environmental Connection A person experiences a positive and meaningful relationship with the natural environment.
NW2. Environmental Understanding A person is knowledgeable about the natural environment and local ecosystems.
NW3. Environmental Action A person attempts to reduce environmental damage and to take positive environmental action.