Awe in Action: Delivering High Impact Learning

Kevin Long

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This message is concerned with approaches to pupil engagement and learning mediated by Outdoor Adventurous Learning. This collection of essays is concerned with civic virtue, specifically encouraging prosocial and humanitarian values in learning.
The writing introduces the service based learning approach of "Expeditionary Learning " . The narrative calls for purpose and asks educators to connect with a greater cause, to impel deeper learning. It clearly endorses an education for the whole child throughout. The essays probe some basic aspects of sentimentalism in learning but does not take up any clear argument.

It is written for the novice reader and opts for simple summaries rather than detailed or rigorous argument. An Action Skills Set is sketched out for the reader's interest. This simple model entertains a wide selection of reading and, despite its instrumentalist frame, could be of practical use for the educator working with disengaged learners . It has four components : Bringing to Attention, Liberating Ability, Generating Appreciation and providing for Authorship.

This book is a deliberate call to evoke Aristotle and his claim that "Character is virtue in action"... in doing good we become good. Through collaborative effort, we realise the potential in others and the greater good when all-together, we are moved deeply, moral emotions arise. Insights occur that lights up the latent potential within ourselves. This is awe in action.
Original languageEnglish
Place of Publication14.99
PublisherThe Outward Bound Trust
Number of pages230
ISBN (Print)978-0954778224
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2018


  • Outdoor Learning
  • experiential based learning
  • social justice
  • school culture
  • prosocial emotions
  • awe


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