Facilitator, teacher, or leader? Managing conflicting roles in outdoor education

Thomas, Glyn (2010) Facilitator, teacher, or leader? Managing conflicting roles in outdoor education. The Journal of Experiential Education, 32 3: 239-254.

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Author Thomas, Glyn
Title Facilitator, teacher, or leader? Managing conflicting roles in outdoor education
Journal name The Journal of Experiential Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1053-8259
Publication date 2010
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 32
Issue 3
Start page 239
End page 254
Total pages 16
Place of publication United States
Publisher Association for Experiential Education
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
A facilitator is commonly defined as a substantively neutral person who
manages the group process in order to help groups achieve identified goals
or purposes. However, outdoor educators rarely experience the luxury of
only managing the group process, because they are typically responsible for
the provision of leadership, skill instruction, and safety management. Based
on personal experience, the literature on facilitation, and my research on the
theories and practices of facilitator educators providing facilitation training
courses in Australia and New Zealand, I recommend strategies for managing
the potentially conflicting facilitation roles that outdoor educators may
be required to fulfill. The five facilitator roles identified by Schwarz (2002),
which serve as a theoretical framework for this paper, are facilitator, facilitative
leader, facilitative trainer, facilitative consultant, and facilitative coach. The similarities and differences between these roles are discussed, as are strategies that outdoor educators can apply to optimise their use of, and movement between, these roles.
Keyword Students
Outdoor Education
Experimental conditions
Facilitation Roles
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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