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ERIC Number: EJ1141818
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1053-8259
Living without Boys: A Retrospective Analysis of the Benefits and Skills Gained at All-Female Camps
Whittington, Anja; Garst, Barry A.; Gagnon, Ryan J.; Baughman, Sarah
Journal of Experiential Education, v40 n2 p97-113 Jun 2017
The purpose of this study was to investigate the outcomes of all-female camp experiences on women's lives. Using a retrospective approach, this study collected qualitative data from 131 women to examine the benefits of all-female camp experiences, to analyze the skills they gained at camp, and to understand how they apply these skills to their adult lives. Benefits of an all-female camp experience identified through qualitative analysis included focused time, supportive environment, and challenging gender norms. Skills that the women gained at camp and apply to their everyday lives were developed into the following themes: social development (communication, teamwork, cultural sensitivity, respect for others, community building, tolerance, working with diverse personalities), career development (leadership, perseverance, time management, influenced career direction), and personal development (resilience, sense of self, self-reliance, self-esteem, confidence, independence). Study findings suggest that these skills have personal and professional applications across women's lives.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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