ERIC Number: EJ967805
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
The Life Significance of the Wilderness Solo and Strategies for Intentional Solo Design: A Summary of Two Studies
Daniel, Brad; Bobilya, Andrew J.; Kalisch, Kenneth R.
Journal of the Wilderness Education Association, v18 n3 p11-18 Win 2006
The Solo often is regarded as one of the most influential components of a wilderness experience program. This paper is the culmination of three researchers' work related to the wilderness Solo experience and intentional solitude. The Solo experiences studied were Montreat College's Discovery Wilderness Program and Wheaton College's High Road wilderness program for incoming students. Although the Solo is not included directly in the WEA's curriculum, solitude can play an important role in the development of judgment and decision making through intentional time for individual reflection. This paper examines the wilderness Solo experience and the educational use of intentional solitude. It begins by defining a Solo experience and describing the wilderness programs at Montreat and Wheaton College. Then, it will discuss the two Solo-related studies and their results. The first was a study on the life significance of the Discovery program, Montreat College's wilderness expedition. The second was an exploratory study on the influence of intentional Solo design by the instructors on Wheaton College's 18-day High Road wilderness program for incoming college students.
Descriptors: Physical Environment, Reflection, College Students, Higher Education, Focus Groups, Surveys, Likert Scales
Wilderness Education Association. National Office PO Box 4554, Burlington, VT 05406. Tel: 802-448-1191. Web site: http://www.weainfo.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A