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ERIC Number: ED238624
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Oct-1
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
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Short Term Experiential Laboratories in Academic Courses.
Gillenson, Amy J.; And Others
A study undertaken to examine the effects on students of participation in a limited experiential learning program yielded no definitive conclusions but suggested several directions for further study. Dartmouth College undergraduate students who enrolled in an intermediate psychology course in 1973 and 1974 had the opportunity to be selected to participate concurrently in a 3-weekend Outward Bound program. Researchers administered questionnaires to the students on the first day and during the first week of the fall 1974 course, at the end of the fall 1973 course, and one year after the fall 1973 course. The four questionnaires measured both the Outward Bound and the non-Outward Bound students to determine their attitudes towards the course, the change in their attitudes over time, the application of course material and course influence over time, their general attitudes, and their evaluation of the Outward Bound program. Results indicated that Outward Bound had some effects on participants and on their perceptions of the course. The students selected for Outward Bound were more concerned about grades, more negative about the technical and structural aspects of the course, and more likely to find the course challenging than the other students. Future research should focus on the Outward Bound selection process. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A