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									                                                                          Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, 13(2), 2009

                                                 Glyn Thomas

     Welcome to another issue of the Australian Journal            In the last refereed paper, we welcome a
of Outdoor Education where it is our pleasure to bring       contribution by two authors from the USA, Katherine
you four refereed papers, and two book reviews. This         Ratliffe and Cindy Sanekane. If you are wondering
edition features some ‘first time in AJOE’ authors and       about the effectiveness of using hippos in hippotherapy
some seasoned contributors. Together, their papers           then you definitely need to read this paper. The authors
provide thought provoking reading across a diverse           carefully consider the Australian and International
range of topics of interest and relevance to outdoor         literature addressing the effectiveness of equine-
education professionals.                                     assisted therapies.

     First up, Mike Brown questions the effectiveness             Finally, the two book reviews provided in this
of some experiential learning processes in outdoor           issue come courtesy of Kathleen Pleasants and Scott
adventure programs. From a socio-cultural theoretical        Polley. These books are titled Other Ways of Learning
foundation, and drawing on literature in that field, Mike    and Technical Skills for Adventure Programming: A
raises some issues for outdoor education theorists and       Curriculum Guide.
practitioners to ponder. In my opinion, the continued
development of outdoor education as a profession will             I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of
be influenced by our willingness to engage with these        the members of the
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