Michael Gassner teaches and conducts research in the area of outdoor recreation, outdoor adventure education and outdoor leadership. His specific research interests are the long-term benefits of outdoor adventure programs and the history of outdoor adventure education programs in Asia and Southeast Asia.
He teaches courses in outdoor and adventure education, experiential education, and risk management. He has been involved with outdoor adventure education programs for over 15 years and has lived and worked in the U.S.A., Sabah, East Malaysia and Hong Kong as well as travelled extensively in Asia and Southeast Asia.
The TOL program partners with the United World College of Southeast Asia (UWCSEA) in Singapore to provide research and internship opportunites for TOL students. UWCSEA is participating in a seven-year study to evaluate the outdoor education program's impact on overall student learning and development. The study is being conducted by faculty researchers at Oregon State University-Cascades, Dr. Michael Gassner and Dr. Christopher Wolsko. Dr. Gassner reflects on the study and the thinking behind it.
He has a Ph.D. in Education (Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Studies) with an emphasis in outdoor education and a minor in international education from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a Master of Science in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University-Mankato.
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Bend, Oregon 97702
Partner Institutions:Oregon State University Central Oregon Community College