ERIC Number: EJ1058857
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
The Great Outdoors: Comparing Leader Development Programs at the U.S. Naval Academy
Huey, Wesley S.; Smith, David G.; Thomas, Joseph J.; Carlson, Charles R.
Journal of Experiential Education, v37 n4 p367-381 Dec 2014
This study compares outdoor adventure-based leader development programs with a traditional non-outdoor program to test predictions about differential effects on leader development outcomes. Participants were drawn from the population of U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen involved in experiential leader development programs as a component of their training and education. Three concurrent experiential leader development programs were compared in terms of their impact on leader development outcomes, including leader identity, leader efficacy, and organizational cynicism. Two programs were outdoor, adventure-based experiences; one was a conventional, non-outdoor experience. We found that outdoor adventure-based programs varied in their effects on leader development outcomes, whereas the non-outdoor program had no significant effects on outcomes. Implications of these varied effects on leader development are discussed in terms of the implementation of theory-driven leadership development experiences.
Descriptors: Military Schools, Military Training, College Students, Leadership Training, Comparative Analysis, Conventional Instruction, Adventure Education, Experiential Learning, Leadership Effectiveness, Organizational Climate, Self Efficacy, Leaders, Negative Attitudes, Measures (Individuals), Online Surveys, Student Surveys, Self Concept, Pretests Posttests, Student Attitudes
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