Date of Award

Spring 2015

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Science & Mathematics Teaching Center


Assistant Director Campus Recreation, Dan McCoy, Co-Chair

Second Advisor

Assistant Professor Ana Houseal, Co-Chair

Third Advisor

Professor, Jayne Jenkins

Fourth Advisor

Interim Dean College of Education, Michael Day


Christian Itin (1999) said "If we want to develop critically thinking, self-motivated, problem-solving individuals who participate actively in their communities, we must have an educational system and educational approaches that model and support this" (p. 94). This educational approach is Outdoor Education. Outdoor Education and its related educational theories have been lauded for their ability to extend classroom learning (Anonymous, 1989) and to create students that are able to think critically about their experiences (Dewey, 1938). It is important to begin with a discussion of seminal educational theorists to create a theoretical framework for this branch of education.


Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters in Science in Natural Science in the Science and Mathematics Teaching Center, University of Wyoming

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