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ERIC Number: ED357941
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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Freshman Wilderness Orientation Programs: Model Programs across the Country.
O'Keefe, Marty
A survey of 49 colleges collected information about freshman wilderness orientation programs. Questions covered: (1) program goals; (2) activities to reach these goals; (3) follow-up goals and activities; (4) evaluation methods used; and (5) role and training of leaders. Institutional goals included program goals, personal growth goals, and social skills goals. Programs were categorized into three models. Programs in Model I emphasized the role of the student leader, the importance of having fun, and the importance of establishing a peer group of friends. Programs in Model II emphasized the role of faculty, decision-making skills, small group skills, and the development of peer group identity. Programs in Model III emphasized the connection between the wilderness orientation program and academic persistence, the important role faculty play in the process, the desire for freshmen to adjust and mature through the process, the development of group problem-solving skills, and the desire to reduce stereotyping. Program follow-up and evaluation components were not well documented. Recommendations stress the importance of program evaluation. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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