ERIC Number: EJ1091475
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Community Development, Transitional Value, and Institutional Affinity: Outdoor Orientation Program Impacts
Howard, Ryan A.; O'Connell, Timothy S.; Lathrop, Anna H.
Journal of Experiential Education, v39 n1 p45-58 Mar 2016
This article examines the impact of an outdoor orientation program (OOP) on a cohort of first-year university students who participated in a canoe trip facilitated by peer leaders. The curriculum included training for outdoor skills and transitional guidance to university life (i.e., strategies for time management, critical thinking, becoming independent, diversity, and information about interpersonal relationships and healthy living). Employing McMillan and Chavis's (1986) community development model and a qualitative case study approach, data were collected via a structured focus group designed to investigate the impact of the OOP on students' adjustment to university life. Results of the study revealed that the OOP experience favorably affected students through the development of a strong sense of community, the facilitation of knowledge transfer from the wilderness context to the university setting, and the generation of a definitive sense of commitment and institutional loyalty to the university.
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Program Effectiveness, College Freshmen, Adventure Education, Skill Development, Student Development, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Focus Groups, Student Adjustment, Interpersonal Competence, Transfer of Training, Student Attitudes, Thinking Skills, Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Cooperation, Mentors, Peer Relationship, Misconceptions
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada