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ERIC Number: EJ1056264
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1472-9679
Being Alive to the Present: Perceiving Meaning on a Wilderness River Journey
Morse, Marcus
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, v15 n2 p168-180 2015
In an earlier paper I identified two key forms of "meaningful experience" for participants on a wilderness river rafting journey, namely a feeling of humility and being alive to the present. However, space considerations led me to describe only the first of these forms in any detail. In this paper I identify and describe the qualities of the second key form of meaningful experience via a phenomenological approach that moves between individual and collective experience. This approach reveals a structure of experience that provides a framework for reinterrogating original participant descriptions. The findings of this study highlight the importance of the way in which participants were able to pay attention to the surrounding environment--substantiating the importance of pre-reflective and embodied components of experience. In this paper I argue for a broad understanding of experience that includes and celebrates the pre-reflective realm of experience in river environments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia