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ERIC Number: ED414146
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Human Dimensions of Expeditions: Deeply Rooted, Branching Out.
Potter, Tom G.
This paper explores some aspects of building and fostering strong group dynamics to enhance expedition behavior and ultimately, successful wilderness group experiences. It attempts to reflect the needs of both large-scale expeditions and educational and camp groups traveling through wilderness, and includes various activities to allow for direct learning experiences. The foundation of expeditions is social atmosphere. As a group travels through wilderness and partakes in new experiences, its members will also travel the human dimension of the journey, learning and experiencing ideas and emotions through one another. The quality of this social dimension is pivotal upon a healthy attitude. Enhancing a healthy attitude involves recognizing common sources of conflict among people in wilderness groups, including lack of respect; lack of flexibility; poor food; unbalanced chores; different objectives; different energy levels; different attitudes; stressors (such as bad weather); and an out-of-sync group member. The best way to combat these sources of conflict is to start before the expedition departs, by nurturing an environment where people feel free to express themselves. Included is an outline with suggestions for fostering strong group dynamics on wilderness trips, emphasizing pretrip objectives, route planning, working with group members, possible stressors, and overall excellent trip behavior. (Author/TSP)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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