ERIC Number: EJ1218496
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Outdoor Adventure Instructors' Perceptions of Nature and Their Work: A Phenomenological Study
Huynh, Tuyen; Torquati, Julia C.
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, v19 n3 p269-282 2019
This phenomenological study explored outdoor recreation instructors' subjective experiences of the natural world. Participants (N = 21) from two outdoor adventure centres participated in semi-structured interviews about their experiences and perceptions of nature. Thematic analysis revealed eight central themes: (1) "Childhood Experiences with Nature"; (2) "Personal Connection with Nature"; (3) "Solitude and Connection with Others"; (4) "Nature as Part of Their Lifestyle"; (5) "Accessibility to Nature"; (6) "Awareness of Self, Behaviours and Values"; (7) "Personal Impacts on Others' Values of Nature," with two sub-themes "Rewards of the Job" and "Goals of the Job"; and (8) "Had Another Career Idea." Participants recognized the health-related benefits of nature exposure and enjoyed mediating others' relationships with nature through their work. Outdoor adventure instructors play a crucial role as conduits to facilitating others' relationships with nature and associated physical and mental health benefits.
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Teacher Attitudes, Physical Environment, Early Experience, Life Style, Self Concept, Mental Health, Well Being, Therapy, Reflection, Ecology, Recreational Activities, Interpersonal Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Nebraska