ERIC Number: ED412042
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Leading the Way: Strategies That Enhance Women's Involvement in Experiential Education Careers.
Loeffler, T. A.
Women with past or present careers in outdoor leadership were asked to suggest strategies by which outdoor and experiential education programs could increase the number of women employed in the field, and support women in becoming even more successful in their careers. The 25 women interviewed ranged in age from 22 to 44, had 1-25 years experience in outdoor careers, and included program administrators and instructors. Ten suggested strategies are discussed, with interview excerpts and examples. The strategies are: (1) hire and promote more women into administrative and executive positions; (2) offer advanced skills training in single-gender environments; (3) commit to equal opportunity, affirmative action, and other non-discriminatory hiring policies; (4) actively recruit and encourage women to apply for outdoor leadership positions; (5) educate staff and participants about gender issues; (6) increase the number of female participants by offering single-gender programs for women and girls and by using new marketing approaches; (7) create an organizational climate that is appealing to women; (8) assist in the creation of networking and support systems for female outdoor leaders, both within and between organizations; (9) recognize women's achievements in and contributions to the field of outdoor leadership; and (10) assist women in balancing work with family and relationship commitments. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Women's Voices in Experiential Education; see RC 021 160.