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ERIC Number: EJ987440
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1053-8259
I Feel so Alive in the Boat!
Magnussen, Leif Inge
Journal of Experiential Education, v35 n2 p341-356 Spr 2012
This paper explores the meaning Norwegian sea kayakers form in their engagement with nature and their reflections upon uncertainty and resistance. Findings in this paper stem from ethnographic fieldwork conducted in a sea kayak community, with the aim of describing learning processes and experiences made outdoors by recreational sea kayakers. Sea kayaking adventures are found not only on long journeys, but also in the exposure to wind, currents, and waves. Sea kayakers report that they improve their skills when navigating uncertain conditions, but that this is secondary to the experience of flow and joy. They also reflect on the necessity of being humble in order to survive. The adventure of sea kayaking exists in being in and out of control--a valuable part of the Bildung process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway