ERIC Number: ED249032
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Minimum Skill Competencies Required for Employment as an Outdoor Leader in a Wilderness Adventure Program.
Cosgrove, Mark C.
A panel of 8 professionals in the field of wilderness adventure programming reviewed, evaluated, and commented on a list of 53 skill, technical, human relations, and philosophical understanding competencies and 46 personal and professional qualities derived from a literature search of 136 sources in a study to determine accepted minimum skill competencies required for employment as an outdoor leader in a wilderness adventure program. A complementary sub-problem was to determine from recognized outdoor recreation/leadership curriculums the amount of field experience time currently required for the attainment of outdoor leadership skill competencies. Results indicated lack of consensus by professional as to what are accepted minimal skill competencies. Although there was general agreement with the original list of skill competencies, there were 12 recommended additions of skill competencies; 34 recommendations for additions/changes in the qualifying categories of minimum, ideal, and program/situation specific; and 10 recommendations for clarifications. There was unanimous agreement that human relations skills are the most important skill competencies to possess. Amount of field experience time utilized by outdoor curriculums varied from 7 days to 45 weeks, with 16 weeks given as the optimal time used by a majority of the programs--a time frame well suited to college/university settings. (NEC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Wilderness Education Programs
Note: A research report for a Master of Science in Education, Southern Illinois University.