The Outward Bound (OB) Trust provides experiential learning for young people through the provision of residential courses within the natural environment. Participants engage in adventurous activities such as gorge walking, rock climbing, and canoeing. The activities are intended to help participants develop and enhance skills such as confidence, resilience, teamwork and leadership, planning and goal setting. Over the past four academic sessions (2016-2019) all second-year undergraduate civil engineering students (circa 300) have participated in a short (2.5 day) OB course at Loch Eil in the Scottish Highlands. Post-course student feedback is overwhelmingly positive with students reporting a range of perceived gains in their personal, social and emotional competency. However, other than anecdotal evidence, there has been no research undertaken to ascertain the legacy value derived from the students’ participation in their OB course. This paper provides a case study examining the legacy benefits of OB participation from a sample of students one year on (3rd year); two years on (4th year); and three years on (5th year MEng). Students were invited to complete an online questionnaire that sought to elicit their perceptions regarding how participation in the OB course has impacted on curricular and co-curricular issues and their motivation to stay and succeed at university.
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 12 Feb 2020|
|Event||8th International Symposium of Engineering Education (ISEE)2020 - University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom|
Duration: 9 Jul 2020 → 10 Jul 2020
|Conference||8th International Symposium of Engineering Education (ISEE)2020|
|Period||9/07/20 → 10/07/20|
- outward bound
- peer learning
- group work
Murray, M., Pytharouli, S., & Douglas, J. (Accepted/In press). Engineering students perceptions of legacy value from their participation in an Outward Bound course. Abstract from 8th International Symposium of Engineering Education (ISEE)2020, Glasgow, United Kingdom.