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to provide a yardstick for school princi-
pals and others, when they're choosing
leaders for OE activities.
According to research by Sandy Allen-
Craig and Jacqui Miller, students who par-
ticipate in OE report higher levels of well-
being and sense of self, as well as improved
time management, social competence, task
leadership and emotional control, than
do students not involved in OE programs.
Clearly, there's a benefit from OE for stu-
dents. There's often also a benefit for the
out-of-doors places where OE occurs.
For my Year 9s, Ningaloo Reef, the
out-of-doors place where their learning
occu rred, turned out to be very important.
On ou r return to Perth, they wrote a let-
ter to Norman Moore, WA's Minister for
Mines and Petroleum, and Fisheries, invit-
ing him to come and speak on the issues of
fishing licences, protection zones, and oil
and gas developments. As we go to print,
we're still awaiting a response. T
Cameron Eglington teaches Outdoor
Education at Perth Waldorf School.
Photo courtesy of Cameron Eglington.
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