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ERIC Number: EJ1168193
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1948-5123
An Investigation of the Connection between Outdoor Orientation and Thriving
Rude, Wally James; Bobilya, Andrew J.; Bell, Brent J.
Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, v9 n2 p197-216 2017
This study explored the contribution of outdoor orientation experiences to student thriving. Participants included 295 first-year college students from three institutions across North America. A thriving model was tested using structural equation modeling and included the following variables: outdoor orientation, thriving, involvement, spirituality, psychological sense of community, student-faculty interaction, and control variables. Although the predictive importance of outdoor orientation is modest (ß = 0.048), it contributes significantly to a model explaining 72.8% of the variance in thriving levels. Outdoor orientation directly predicted campus involvement (ß = 0.246) and spirituality (ß = -0.146). Findings indicate that participating in an outdoor orientation may create a propensity for students to become more involved in campus life, which may foster a greater sense of campus community, culminating in thriving. These results suggest that practitioners should enhance both a psychological sense of community among students and the durability of outdoor experiences back on campus.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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