M A N I N T H E B O X

Adventure
Based
Learning

 
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METHOD

OUR APPROACH

Practice & Organisation

“At Man In The Box, we work with the GRIT - Methodology. GRIT is a synthesis of shared academic, professional and personal knowledge on Experiential Learning, Change and Development Studies and Transition Management; it’s a practical structure to organise human transformation on multiple levels, that forms the backbone of our work”.

Much of today’s education keeps a strong focus to mental capacities; preparing people of all ages and backgrounds for a position and place in the knowledge economy. By doing so we neglect important emotional, physical and existential aspects of human development, that make up much of a balanced, engaged and meaningful human life. It is key that we attend to all of those, on our walk through life’s various stages. 

GRIT introduces an Adventure-based approach to personal development, that reintroduces all layers of human development to the learning process, by connecting knowledge generation or skills practice to physical challenges and assignments in the outdoors. Rather than departing from the facts, we arrive at them by undergoing a real experience, evaluating our actions and generating knowledge from our findings.

The GRIT Methodology translates to:

  • Groundwork

  • Research

  • Innovation

  • Transition


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G - ROUNDWORK

The first principle of our methodology states that deep learning departs from EXPERIENCE, rather than concludes in it. This means that theories and analyses come only after we have made an effort, to step into the unknown and stimulate ourselves to move beyond the usual.

R - ESEARCH

The second principle of our methodology states, that we can draw knowledge from experience if we EXPLORE, what actually happened; we dissect our experience in an elaborative, collective context through workshops or assignments to actually come to a deeper understanding of how and why we moved a certain way.

I - NTEGRATION

The third principle of our methodology is concerned with the application of these understandings. We EXPERIMENT with our findings in a  concrete, practical setting with a physical focus, and a certain amount of stress. We are a product of our routines, and therefore we must DO something new to get different results.

T - RANSITION

The fourth principle covers the conclusion of a learning cycle, which is when we EXPRESS what we’ve learned by sharing it with others. This can be done verbally, in writing, in creative expression, or in a designing new project. We offer a variety of tools and sharing practices, as well as platforms through which our clients can formulate their expressions.