Exploring the Benefits of Combined Outdoor Adventure Education and Dual-Immersion Short-Term Study Abroad Experiences





Outdoor adventure education, Study abroad, Experiential education, Learning outcomes, Critical elements


Outdoor adventure education (OAE) and study abroad share many epistemological and pedagogical foundations and have been on parallel tracks for many years yet rarely intersect. This paper has two goals: (a) to invite study abroad researchers and practitioners to consider findings and practices from OAE to further enhance study abroad, and (b) to explore the benefits of combining OAE and study abroad practices by presenting such a model. Three questionnaires (pre, post, and 1-year after) were distributed to 32 students in 2012 and 2015 who participated in a combined OAE and dual-immersion study abroad experience. Responses were analyzed to identify central learning outcomes and critical elements. Overall, the findings affirm that the combined model of OAE and study abroad provided meaningful learning and point to a number of potential benefits of combining study abroad and OAE as an effective means of enhancing shared learning goals.

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Author Biographies

Morten Asfeldt, University of Alberta

Morten Asfeldt is Associate Professor of Physical Education (Outdoor Education) and has led educational expeditions for over 25 years. His research interests include many aspects of educational expeditions, place-conscious pedagogy, sense-of-community, and journaling. He has published in journals including the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, the Journal of Experiential Education, the Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education and the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership.

Takako Takano, Waseda University

TAKANO Takako is a professor at Waseda University, Tokyo, offering lectures, fieldtrips, and practica linked to sustainability. She was the first director of Waseda’s summer sessions, chairs the educational charity ECOPLUS, providing sustainability education programs nationally and internationally, and is a committee member of many governmental and non-governmental organizations linked to environmental policies and outdoor and environmental education. She received Waseda University Teaching Award and Japan Outdoor Leaders Award in 2017.


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How to Cite

Asfeldt, M., & Takano, T. (2020). Exploring the Benefits of Combined Outdoor Adventure Education and Dual-Immersion Short-Term Study Abroad Experiences. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 32(2), 12–33. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v32i2.466