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Houge Mackenzie, Susan; Kerr, John H. – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2017
This study investigated the motivational and emotional experience of an experienced outdoor activity participant during a three-day guided adventure trek in Colca Canyon, Peru. The research adopted a qualitative autoethnographic approach which provided unique data in the form of diary entries, experiential diagrams, field notes and email content.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Motivation, Emotional Experience, Recreational Activities
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Gurholt, Kirsti Pedersen; Sanderud, Jostein Rønning – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2016
This article explores the concept of "curious play" as a theoretical framework to understand and communicate children's experiences of free play in nature. The concept emerged interactively from three sources of inspiration: an ethnographically inspired study of children playing in nature; as a critique of the concept of "risky…
Descriptors: Play, Creativity, Ethnography, Natural Resources
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Blenkinsop, Sean; Telford, John; Morse, Marcus – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2016
This article draws from the experience of outdoor and experiential educators working in the context of a radical, long-term formal public education research project. One of the accidental findings from the research is that experienced outdoor educators may have particular pedagogical skills, likely honed by the contexts in which they work, that…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Experiential Learning, Public Education, Educational Research
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Smith, H. A.; Dyment, J. E.; Hill, A.; Downing, J. – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2016
This article reports on the experiences of two lecturers working at the University of Tasmania required to teach outdoor and sustainability education (O&SE) courses online. Using an (auto)ethnographic case-study approach, the lecturers were interviewed with a view to exploring their perceptions, challenges, ethical dilemmas, tensions,…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Online Courses, Sustainability, Case Studies
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Gee, Nick – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2015
This paper explores the evolving perceptions of community sentiments, for three teachers and 36 AS-level students on a week-long residential fieldtrip. For this in-depth study I adopted an ethnographic methodology in which I participated in, observed and recounted some of the complex and fluid spatial arrangements and processes, analysing their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Field Trips, High School Students, Ethnography
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Ritchie, Stephen D.; Wabano, Mary Jo; Corbiere, Rita G.; Restoule, Brenda M.; Russell, Keith C.; Young, Nancy L. – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2015
Indigenous voices are largely silent in the outdoor education and adventure therapy literature. The purpose of this research collaboration was to understand how a 10-day outdoor adventure leadership experience (OALE) may promote resilience and well-being for Indigenous youth through their participation in the program. The process was examined…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Canada Natives, American Indian Reservations, Ethnography
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McArdle, Karen; Harrison, Terri; Harrison, Daniel – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2013
Children from challenging backgrounds were brought to a woodland for a programme that sought to promote resilience at Camphill School. This qualitative study of one programme uses an ethnographic approach to research the effectiveness of this type of intervention. Case studies of three of the children are used to illustrate the ways in which…
Descriptors: Play, Outdoor Education, Resilience (Psychology), Qualitative Research
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Magnussen, Leif Inge – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2012
To be outdoors and involved in adventures concerns the movement between safety and risk, the familiar and the unfamiliar. Deep involvement in activities and the seriousness found in play are essential in "Bildung." Findings in this paper stem from ethnographic fieldwork conducted in a kayak community, between late autumn 2006 until the…
Descriptors: Play, Learning Processes, Outdoor Education, Adventure Education
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Langseth, Tommy – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2012
Surfing is getting increasingly popular in Norway as well as other countries that have a coastline with rideable waves. As surfing gains in popularity, however, the boundaries of the surfing subculture become increasingly guarded. Through ethnography and qualitative interviews, this study examines identity construction on an individual and group…
Descriptors: Aquatic Sports, Subcultures, Scholarship, Ethnography
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Brewer, Joanne; Sparkes, Andrew C. – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2011
The purpose of this paper is to explore the meanings of outdoor physical activity in the natural environment for parentally-bereaved young people. It draws on data generated from a two-year ethnographic study that focused on the experiences of those involved with the Rocky Centre, a childhood bereavement service in the UK. Data was collected via…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Participant Observation, Physical Activity Level, Ethnography
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Martin, Andrew J. – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2011
This paper provides an auto-ethnography or narrative of self related to the development of international experiential education programmes in nature developed by Vacation School Lipnice (VSL) in the Czech Republic. The paper provides the cultural background that influences the course design and provides examples, through participant observation,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Outdoor Education, Experiential Learning, Holistic Approach
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Stan, Ina – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2009
The traditional role of the facilitator in outdoor education is frequently seen as outside the group of participants, either in a position of power over the participants or detached and passive. Following an ethnographic study at a residential outdoor centre, an in-depth analysis of the facilitation process was carried out, which revealed that the…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Ethnography, Group Dynamics, Learning Experience
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Rea, Tony – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2008
Powerful, dominant discourses surrounding neo-Hahnian theory (as discussed by Brookes in 2003) and effectiveness (as discussed by Hargreaves and Fullan in 1998, for example) have influenced both practice and research in outdoor adventure education. This has led to a concentration of research that focuses on the impact of outdoor programmes. It has…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Outdoor Education, Adventure Education, Educational Research