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ERIC Number: ED531761
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
Wilderness Orientation Programs. AEE White Papers
Association for Experiential Education (NJ1)
Wilderness orientation programs (sometimes referred to as outdoor orientation programs) use adventure programming for incoming college/university students to aid students' adjustment to college. These experiences usually occur in the days or weeks immediately prior to the first semester of the students' college coursework. They are typically conducted in a multi-day format in outdoor wilderness settings, although some recent versions of these programs have begun to incorporate the use of artificial adventure formats, such as challenge courses, climbing walls, and urban adventure experiences. The wilderness orientation program is probably one of the more researched areas in the field of adventure programming. But the research on these programs still remains scant and problematic with regard to addressing internal and external validity issues. To date, only 12 research studies have been conducted regarding some form of demonstrated outcomes as a result of wilderness orientation program participation. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Experiential Education (AEE)