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Dave Tanis


Adventure Education classes provide unique classroom environments. This study explores what factors contribute to this extraordinary learning environment apparent in Adventure Education classes, based on the results of a heuristic inquiry. The conceptual framework of this study was based on the College and University Classroom Environment Inventory (CUCEI). The methodology utilized for this study involved a case study approach that investigated Adventure Education activity courses through classroom observation, interviews, and reflections on personal experience. The results of the study indicated that four dimensions of learning environment that are particularly significant in Adventure Education classrooms are Personalization, Student Cohesiveness, Innovation, and Intrapersonal Attentiveness. Distinct themes emerged within each of these dimensions. The implications of these findings are significant for cultivating spaces conducive to learning, whether in college classrooms, youth groups, or other settings. Other educators can seek to nurture the dynamics evident in Adventure Education classrooms in their own learning spaces.