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ERIC Number: ED443626
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Pages: 9
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The Use of Assessment in Wilderness Orientation Programs: Efforts To Improve College Student Retention.
Galloway, Shayne
A study examined goals and assessment techniques of college wilderness orientation programs designed to ease student adjustment to college life and increase retention. Questionnaires returned by 57 directors of wilderness orientation programs indicated that most programs supported prosocial goals such as positive peer-group development, enhanced self-confidence, and having fun. Academic goals such as easing transition to college and increasing interest in academics were held by far fewer programs. Programs did not emphasize leave-no-trace wilderness living skills. Assessment in wilderness orientation programs occurred mainly as group discussion with leaders and participants and informal discussion with leaders. Less frequently occurring were formal discussions with leaders and use of post-program surveys. Most programs did not access assessment information throughout the wilderness orientation experience. Seventy percent of programs spent most of their time in a wilderness or outdoor setting and the duration of most programs was 3-6 days. Most program directors possessed advanced academic degrees. Two-thirds of programs were located within outdoor programs, which historically have had personal and social development goals and a lack of formal assessment procedures. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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