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Chang, Yun; Davidson, Curt; Conklin, Seann; Ewert, Alan – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2019
This study examines the effect of short-term adventure-based outdoor programs (AOP) on reducing college students' stress levels. The effects of sex and different outdoor adventure activities in stress reduction are also evaluated. Thirty-three college students participated in selected short-term backpacking, canoeing, and kayaking programs.…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Adventure Education, College Students, Stress Variables
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Sjöblom, Pia; Svens, Maria – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2019
Finnish nature schools are environmental education organisations offering outdoor programmes for classes in natural environments. They are intended to contribute to the aims of the national curriculum in various subjects. This qualitative study examines how students describe their learning in a nature school context and how they describe…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Foreign Countries, Environmental Education, National Curriculum
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Maurer, Matthew M.; Curtner-Smith, Matthew D. – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2019
Little research on the socialisation of adventure educators into their craft has been conducted. The purposes of this study were to describe (a) the perspectives and beliefs of preservice adventure educators as they began adventure education training (AET) and (b) the elements within their acculturation that led to these perspectives and beliefs.…
Descriptors: Acculturation, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Adventure Education
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Hammarsten, Maria; Askerlund, Per; Almers, Ellen; Avery, Helen; Samuelsson, Tobias – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2019
Today, cities become more dense, green spaces disappear and children spend less time outdoors. Research suggests that these conditions create health problems and lack of ecological literacy. To reverse such trends, localities are creating urban green spaces for children to visit during school time. Drawing on ideas in ecological literacy, this…
Descriptors: Ecology, Literacy, Outdoor Education, Gardening
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Hignett, Amanda; White, Mathew P.; Pahl, Sabine; Jenkin, Rebecca; Froy, Mod Le – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2018
Outdoor activities can be an important complement to classroom learning, especially for children/young people excluded, or at risk of exclusion, from mainstream schooling. The current research explored the impact of a 12-week surfing programme among such a group in the UK. Pre-post data on physiological health (heart rate (HR)/blood pressure),…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Aquatic Sports, Well Being, Physical Environment
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Dyment, Janet; Downing, Jillian; Hill, Allen; Smith, Heidi – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2018
With a view to attracting more students and offering flexible learning opportunities, online teaching and learning is becoming increasingly wide-spread across the higher education sector. This research reports on the experiences of eight initial teacher education students who studied an outdoor education unit in the online space. Using a…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Online Courses, Higher Education, Teacher Education
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Richards, K. Andrew R.; Jacobs, Jennifer M.; Wahl-Alexander, Zachary; Ressler, James D. – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2018
Outdoor education (OE) has an increased presence in physical education as it addresses the discipline's national standards and promotes involvement lifetime physical activity. However, physical educators' learning to teach OE is not well documented. The purpose of this study was to understand preservice physical educators' experiences in and…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Physical Education Teachers, Socialization, National Standards
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Sahrakhiz, Sarah; Harring, Marius; Witte, Matthias D. – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2018
This article examines learning processes and learning opportunities in the outdoor school based on 13 focus-group interviews with children (ages 8-9) at three German elementary schools. For 1 year, cross-curricular teaching had taken place once a week outside the classroom--in natural settings, at cultural sites or on school grounds. The article…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Outdoor Education, Learning Processes, Educational Opportunities
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North, Chris; Brookes, Andrew – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2017
This article examines the use of case-based approaches to fatal incidents in outdoor education (OE) with a view to fatality prevention. Fatalities are rare in OE and therefore it is nearly impossible for teachers to learn how to avoid fatalities from their own past experiences. It is, however, possible to learn from the mistakes of others through…
Descriptors: Death, Accidents, Outdoor Education, Safety
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Marinho, Alcyane; dos Santos, Priscila Mari; Manfroi, Miraíra Noal; de Paula Figueiredo, Juliana; Brasil, Vinicius Zeilmann – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2017
Universities have been entrusted with the task of qualifying professionals for their future practice. In light of this, the present study analysed the competencies perceived by 80 physical education students of a public university in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil, enrolled in the subject Outdoor Adventure Sports. An exploratory descriptive…
Descriptors: Athletics, Physical Education, Recreational Activities, Qualitative Research
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O'Brien, Kate; Lomas, Tim – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2017
This study considers the impact of using a series of Mindset interventions during a five-day outdoor personal development (OPD) course. Self-efficacy, resilience and Mindset were measured pre course, post course and one month post course. It was hypothesised that both experimental and control groups would increase their self-efficacy and…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Intervention, Psychology, Individual Development
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Hartmeyer, Rikke; Mygind, Erik – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2016
The use of the "outdoors" in pre-school and school settings is becoming an increasingly important field of education and researchers have emphasised the positive influence of the "outdoors" on various social aspects. However, the facilitative conditions for such positive influences are not studied exhaustively. Therefore, we…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Qualitative Research, Content Analysis, Peer Relationship
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johnson, jay; Chin, Jessica W. – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2016
This study is a qualitative examination of the experiences and impact of participating in an outdoor-based and adventure education-based orientation as an alternative to traditional forms of sport team initiation. Traditional forms of initiation for the participants in this study had included hazing ceremonies, whereby new team members were forced…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Outdoor Education, Athletes, Adventure Education
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Zamani, Zahra – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2016
Outdoor preschools are critical for children's play and development. Integrating observational and interview methods, this study examined four-to-five-year-old children's cognitive play experiences in an outdoor preschool with natural, mixed and manufactured zones. The observational results indicated that the natural and mixed zones offered a…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Imagination, Preschool Children, Observation
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Norðdahl, Kristín; Einarsdóttir, Jóhanna – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2015
This study aims to enhance awareness of what young children want to do outside and their preferences regarding their outdoor environment. Views of children as active participants, the affordance of the environment and the importance of place for children's learning constitute the theoretical background of the study. The study was part of a…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Sustainable Development, Student Participation, Interviews
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