ERIC Number: ED480114
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Multidimensional Self-Concept and Outdoor Adventure Education with Adolescents.
O'Connell, Timothy S.
A study examined changes in self-concept of adolescents enrolled in outdoor adventure education courses offered at a private college-preparatory high school in New York City. Surveys were completed by 94 students, 36 of whom were enrolled in outdoor adventure education courses; 25 of these were males and 11 were females. Results found no significant difference in changes in global self-concept between students enrolled in outdoor adventure education courses and students not enrolled in those courses. Unlike previous studies that found significant changes in various domains of self-concept, this study found no significant difference in any domain of self-concept between students enrolled in outdoor adventure education courses and students not enrolled in those courses. The short-term nature of the outdoor experiences in this study may have been related to the lack of change in self-concept. Students in this study participated in two 3-day outdoor experiences over the course of 4 months. The outdoor experiences in other studies were usually longer and of continuous duration. A significant gain was found in family self-concept favoring males enrolled in outdoor adventure education courses. Recommendations for future research are discussed. (Contains 41 references) (TD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adventure Education, High School Students, Outcomes of Education, Outdoor Education, Secondary Education, Self Concept, Sex Differences, Student Surveys, Urban Youth
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Research in Outdoor Education, Volume 6. A Peer-Reviewed Publication of Scholarship First Presented at the Biennial Research Symposium of the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors (6th, Bradford Woods, IN, January 11-13, 2002); see RC 023 980.