The comfort zone: Reflection on a taken-for-granted model
Brown, M. (2008). The comfort zone: Reflection on a taken-for-granted model. Ki Waho - Into the Outdoors, 2, p. 28-30.
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Reference to the comfort zone model is widespread within outdoor adventure education. It is based on the belief that when placed in a stressful situation people will respond by overcoming their hesitancy and grow. This model is often presented to students prior to activities with a perceived sense of risk and challenge which arouses strong emotional and physical responses to novel tasks (e.g., a ropes course). Students are encouraged to ‘stretch themselves’, to move outside their comfort zone and expand their preconceived limits and by inference learn. This article briefly explores the theories that underpin the comfort zone model and suggests that it is time to rethink how it is used.
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This article has been published in the journal: Ki Waho - Into the Outdoors. Copyright (c) 2008 Outdoors New Zealand. Used with permission.
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