Year of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Individualized Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program
Department or School/College
Interdisciplinary Studies Program
David R. Erickson, David Aronofsky
Frances L. O'Reilly, Shawn F. Clouse, Stephen Greymorning, Ryan Tolleson-Knee
adolescent development, biological adaptation, educational travel, experiential learning, middle school curriculum, nontraditional schooling
University of Montana
Educational travel forms the basis for novel learning experiences that enhance adolescent development by enabling students to make choices about their own survival in an unfamiliar setting. This biological adaptation is driven by stimulation of the midbrain which produces high levels of dopamine, the chemical associated with learning. The elements of educational travel that promote sustained adolescent learning are: clear communication, commitment and action, communal trust and respect, maturity developed through assigned responsibilities and exposure to varied life circumstances, flexibility, and transition back to traditional school environments.
Saitow, Ann, "Educational Travel and Adolescent Development" (2009). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 348.
© Copyright 2009 Ann Saitow