The Rites of Passage and Outdoor Education: Critical Concerns for Effective Programming

  title={The Rites of Passage and Outdoor Education: Critical Concerns for Effective Programming},
  author={Brent J. Bell},
  journal={Journal of Experiential Education},
  pages={41 - 49}
  • B. Bell
  • Published 1 July 2003
  • Education
  • Journal of Experiential Education
Rites of passage practices have caught the attention of educators seeking better methods of teaching adolescents. The fascination with the rites of passage model (ROP) is especially strong among outdoor educators. Once Van Gennep (1960) defined the rites of passage, a three-stage system of social transformation mediating role changes in a community, anthropologists were able to observe his social conception throughout all cultures. Outdoor educators have demonstrated interest in framing outdoor… 

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