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ERIC Number: EJ929298
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1472-9679
All-Girls Adventure Programmes: What Are the Benefits?
Whittington, Anja; Mack, Erica Nixon; Budbill, Nadine W.; McKenney, Priscilla
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, v11 n1 p1-14 2011
This study examined the benefits of all-girls adventure programmes from the perspective of adolescent girls. Participants included 361 girls aged 10-17 years from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds who completed a variety of adventure programmes. Adventure activities included rock climbing, sea kayaking, mountaineering, backpacking, canyoneering and mountain biking. The programme philosophies of each organization are rooted in a strength-based approach for programme planning and implementation which focus on supporting positive physical, social and emotional growth of girls. Using an open-ended survey and qualitative methods of coding, three themes emerged illustrating the benefits of these all-girls programmes from the girls' point of view: feelings of safety and comfort, increased connection to others, and freedom from stereotypes. The girls also considered how their experience may have differed if the setting had been co-educational (co-ed). (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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