Academic journal article Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education

Adventure Programming and Travel for the 21st Century

Academic journal article Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education

Adventure Programming and Travel for the 21st Century

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Adventure programming and travel for the 21st century Black, R., & Bricker, Kelly S. (2015). Adventure programming and travel for the 21st century. State College, PA: Venture Publishing, Inc. ISBN-13: 978-1-939476-04-3

Reviewed by Glyn J. Thomas

This book is effectively a third edition of the original Venture Publishing texts Adventure Education (Miles & Priest, 1990) and Adventure Programming (Miles & Priest, 1999). This latest edition, edited by Rosemary Black and Kelly Bricker (2015), provides an additional focus on adventure travel because of the "need to refocus on sustainability and increased concerns for the health and well-being of our planet and inhabitants" (p. 3).

The book is divided into seven sections, which the editors describe as "trailmarkers." These sections are titled "Glancing Back and Trekking Forward in Adventure," "Places and Spaces for Adventure," "Diverse Outdoor Connections for the 21st Century," "Planning, Programming, and Managing Adventures," "Current Issues and Dilemmas in Adventure Programming and Travel," "Sustainable Adventure Management," and "Adventure Debrief." Across these seven sections there are 19 chapters, 13 of which are authored by Americans and the remaining six contributed by authorship teams that include Australian academics and professionals. This strong presence of Australian authors is likely due to the connections of editor Rosemary Black, an academic at Charles Sturt University in Australia. The more international feel of this latest offering from Venture Publishing is an improvement on previous editions. However, when reading the chapters written by American authors, I am still surprised by the Americentrism. Given the easy access and availability of research publications online, I find it surprising that some American authors still fail to draw on the high-quality work of many European, British, and Antipodean writers. …

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