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ERIC Number: ED131968
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jun
Pages: 53
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Comparative Study of Attitudes Toward the Meaning of the Term "Outdoor Education" as Viewed by Selected Members of the American Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation's Council on Outdoor Education and Camping in 1968 and 1975.
Backiel, Marcia Lee
In 1968, 107 members of the AAHPER Council on Outdoor Education and Camping were surveyed to determine their attitudes toward the meaning of the term "outdoor education". Using the same rating sheet, this survey determined the Council members' present attitudes. An influence questionnaire was also designed to investigate the influence of people, places and events on the 1975 attitudes. A rating sheet and an influence questionnaire were mailed to 100 of the 107 members; 71 were returned. The raw data of the rating sheet was submitted to two factor analytic programs. Twenty-five significant factors which were statistically insignificant were identified. Since the 1968 population had only three factors, it was concluded that there seemed to have been an influence exerted upon the population causing the attitudes to change significantly enough so as to negate the validity of the rating sheet. Kendall's coefficient of concordance was used on the raw data from the influence questionnaire. It was found that the respondents did not significantly agree on influences upon their attitudes. Based on sex, faculty status and council membership, the respondents were divided into three sets of mutually exclusive subgroups. None of the six coefficients were statistically significant indicating that the influences upon the attitudes were very diversified. Results of both instruments supported each other. From the data, it was not possible to distinguish what the population discerned as the meaning of "outdoor education". (Author/NQ)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: For related document, see ED 050 877