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ERIC Number: EJ1058767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-1053-8259
The Development of Prosocial Behavior in Adolescents: A Mixed Methods Study from NOLS
Furman, Nate; Sibthorp, Jim
Journal of Experiential Education, v37 n2 p160-175 Jun 2014
Learning transfer and prosocial behavior (PSB) are critical components of many outdoor education programs for adolescents. This study examined the effects of a theoretically grounded treatment curriculum designed to foster the transfer of learning of general and contextual PSB (also called expedition behavior) among adolescents enrolled on 14-day backpacking courses with the National Outdoor Leadership School. Results suggest that the treatment curriculum increased proximal learning of PSB more than courses that featured the traditional curriculum. Qualitative results suggested that students learned PSB primarily as a result of its relevance to the expedition environment, that it is most useful when working with or understanding others, and that it can be applied to multiple contexts post-course, including with family, at school, and with sport teams. Implications for designing a curriculum that fosters transfer and for developing PSB in participants are considered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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