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ERIC Number: EJ966894
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0840-8114
Reflections on Connecting through Outdoor Adventure
Ritchie, Stephen; Brinkman, Danielle; Wabano, Mary Jo; Young, Nancy
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v23 n4 p4-9 Sum 2011
Connecting through outdoor adventure is a process that may or may not seem obvious. The word "connecting" resonates with a powerful and extensive implied meaning that the authors feel compelled to share. A recent collaborative research project between leaders from the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve and researchers from Laurentian University helped to uncover, or rediscover, that meaning through a series of outdoor adventure leadership experiences (OALE) designed for youth from this northern Ontario First Nations reserve. In this article, the authors aim not only to introduce the ways in which the OALE impacted resilience and well-being for Wikwemikong youth, but also to extend and apply their understanding of connecting beyond the context and culture within which it is rooted. They reveal how the OALE research reached beyond the youth participants, and how their experiences and stories have touched the authors on a personal level. Since research can be a deeply reflexive process, and it impacts all who are involved, the authors share this reflexive perspective through two personal philosophies of connecting through outdoor adventure. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada