ERIC Number: EJ739517
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 43
Exploration of Challenge Courses' Long-Term Effects on Members of College Student Organizations
Hatch, Katharine D.; McCarthy, Christopher J.
Journal of Experiential Education, v27 n3 p245-264 2005
This study examined the long-term effects of participation in a half-day, low-element challenge course on the group functioning of members of college student organizations. Seventy-six participants completed measures of group cohesion, group effectiveness, and individual effectiveness within the group at four points in time: (a) one week prior to the course (baseline); (b) immediately prior to the course (pretest); (c) immediately following the course (posttest); and (d) and two months after the course (follow-up). Results showed no change in group functioning from baseline to pretest, significant increases in group functioning from pretest to posttest, and a return to pretest levels of group functioning at follow-up. Implications of these results and ideas for extending the longevity of challenge course gains are discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
Descriptors: Student Organizations, College Students, Courses, Pretests Posttests, Adventure Education, Females, Males, African American Students, Hispanic American Students, White Students, Organizational Effectiveness, Followup Studies, Experiential Learning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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