Jayson received his Ph.D. in Education from the University of New Hampshire in 2006. He holds a Masters degree in Kinesiology from the University of New Hampshire (1999) and a B.S. in Secondary Education English Teaching from New England College (1994).
Research and Teaching
Jayson's research focuses on two areas: (1) youth learning and development in nonformal educational settings, and (2) historical foundations of outdoor experiential education. Recent prior work has examined links between social capital, outdoor activities, and youth outcomes in rural communities, how youth involved in an experiential ‘diversity education’ program developed more sophisticated understandings of race and schooling, and how a collaborative, real-world project in an urban middle school shaped children’s appropriation of school-related goals and identities. His historical research concerns how ideas and practices form the human potential movement, a late-20th century program of social reforms, were incorporated into outdoor experiential education. (You can read about some of his recent work here, here, here, and here.)
Jayson is currently the Editor in chief of the Journal of Experiential Education. He teaches undergraduate courses in theories of adventure education and field-based leadership (water-based settings), and masters and PhD courses in the historical foundations of education, qualitative research, and theories of learning and development.