Outdoor Training is a modality of experience-centred training based on quality (better management of knowledge and expertise) instead of quantity (more knowledge and expertise).
Following are the elements that characterize Outdoor Training:
- Active experimentation and self-experience as foundations of learning and improvement.
- Appropriate contexts created to re-live the experience, by observation and meditation, which stimulate the process known as “learning to learn” and becoming aware of the training received.
- Generalization, that implies the opportunity to transfer what learned “on the field” in different realities, such as the world of work.
In Italy, Outdoor Training, is approved as Company Training method. Based on data acquired since the 40s, when first applied by German pedagogue Kurt Hahn, today are used by psychologists and “experiential-learning” experts. “Learning by doing” is the rallying cry of the Outdoor Training that allows ameliorating, not only technical or business skills, but also interpersonal and social abilities.
The educational aim of Outdoor training is to improve specific behaviours and skills of participants, involving them bodily and mentally. Outdoor Training exploits different contexts, as for example nature, sports and games to develop:
- Communication skills: constructive feedbacks, to submit own ideas, public speaking, to build collaborative relationships
- Cognitive skills: problem solving, increase creativity etc.…
- Body and metal wellness: stress and anxiety management, to promote healthy life-styles etc.…