ERIC Number: EJ1058774
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
Behavior Change after Adventure Education Courses: Do Work Colleagues Notice?
Rhodes, Heather M.; Martin, Andrew J.
Journal of Experiential Education, v37 n3 p265-284 Sep 2014
In this case study, a mixed-method approach is used to examine the extent and type of changes in workplace attitudes and behavior, as self-reported by soldiers who had participated in 6- to 10-day "Experiential Leadership Development Activities" (ELDAs) delivered by the New Zealand Army Leadership Centre. Observations made by workplace colleagues of ELDA participants corroborated the self-report data, both reports being made on an average of 4 months after a course. The findings indicated that almost all participants (97%) perceived improvements in their own attitude and/or behavior, the main changes being in the areas of "improvements in dealing with challenges" and "having a more positive attitude." Most colleagues (87%) also noticed some improvement in behaviors, in similar areas. This mixed-method evaluation provides evidence of the benefits of adventure education courses, both prescribed and unpredicted outcomes, enhancing intra- and interpersonal skills in the workplace.
Descriptors: Case Studies, Behavior Change, Adventure Education, Foreign Countries, Attitude Change, Work Attitudes, Positive Attitudes, Mixed Methods Research, Interpersonal Competence, Educational Benefits, Experiential Learning, Leadership Training, Military Personnel, Armed Forces, Measurement Techniques, Management Development
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand