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ERIC Number: EJ1026180
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1472-9679
A Quality of Interrelating: Describing a Form of Meaningful Experience on a Wilderness River Journey
Morse, Marcus
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, v14 n1 p42-55 2014
In this paper I identify the components of "meaningful experiences" for participants on a wilderness river rafting journey. The research is phenomenologically informed, and includes interviews, journals, observations and follow-up emails from 32 participants on eight Franklin River (Tasmania) 10-day trips. It elicits individual perceptions of meaningful experiences and combines recollections to reveal the commonalities within those experiences. The research identifies two key recurrent "streams of experience" that provide meaning. The two recurrent streams of experience involved, firstly, "a feeling of humility" and, secondly, "being alive to the present." In this paper I focus on the stream of experience surrounding a feeling of humility, highlighting the qualities of the ways in which participants interrelated with their surrounding environments and the structure of such experiences. Additionally, I consider some unique elements of the wilderness river journey that contributed to the experiences that participants valued as meaningful.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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