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ERIC Number: ED383492
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Pages: 15
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Learning about Ethical Outdoor Leadership.
Fox, Karen; Reed, Mark
This paper examines the changing attitudes and personal development of 20 college students participating in an advanced class on ethical outdoor leadership. Students took part in short outdoor activities and tasks for which they selected their own leaders, determined strategies, and evaluated their task and group process performances. Course assignments included a journal and a final creative project symbolizing the student's understanding of ethical outdoor leadership. A phenomenological approach was used to analyze student journals and final projects. Analysis revealed three themes: changing concepts of ethical outdoor leadership over time; a personal journey of self related to ethical outdoor leadership; and connections among concepts of ethical leadership, the outdoors, and the practices of outdoor leadership. Students' ability to conceive of themselves as leaders was a key issue in the development and application of ethical outdoor leadership skills. Journal entries point toward self-reflective processes and personal psychological application of concepts and models as central to that conceptual shift. Women in the class had to overcome sex role assumptions about leaders in order to achieve the change in self-concept that allowed identification as an ethical outdoor leader. Students saw the role of leadership primarily in terms of hands-on activities and task completion, suggesting that there is much work to be done to connect the concepts of ethical leadership with the practices of outdoor leadership. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada