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The Processing Pinnacle: An Educator's Guide to Better Processing.

UW-L Author: Steven V. Simpson, Ph.D.
Recreation Mgt/Therapeutic Recreation
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: Wood 'N' Barnes

Simpson, Steven, Dan Miller, and Buzz Bocher. The Processing Pinnacle: An Educator's Guide to Better Processing. Oklahoma City, OK: Wood 'N' Barnes Publishing, 2006.

“Processing is an intuitive practice, and the Processing Pinnacle is an attempt to put logic and structure to something that is not particularly logical.” –The Processing Pinnacle

Experiential education focuses mainly on the idea that there are two components to experience: the action and reflection. The Processing Pinnacle offers a theoretical approach to more effective processing, the reflective component of experience. Offering different points of view from the growing world of experiential education, the authors consider the difficulties of processing and suggest techniques to remove these “roadblocks.”

Utilizing the metaphor of the mountain, the authors demonstrate how and when certain facilitator methods may elicit immediate response and make a lasting impression on the individual, encouraging reflection as a personal response to life experience. Easy to implement and conversational in tone, The Processing Pinnacle contains valuable guidance for anyone who teaches experientially.

About the Author

Steve Simpson is the former editor of the Journal of Experiential Education. He has written over 50 articles on experiential education, recreation resource management and environmental studies. Simpson is a professor of recreation management at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

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