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ERIC Number: EJ1391298
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2023
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1472-9679
EISSN: EISSN-1754-0402
A Journey into Understanding Gendered Experiences of Outdoor Adventure Education
Blaine, Judith; Akhurst, Jacqui
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, v23 n3 p244-257 2023
Outdoor Adventure Education (OAE) is traditionally depicted as a hegemonic masculine domain. Thus, fundamental to any dialogue on gender in OAE is whether the outdoor experience reifies or disputes stereotypical gender roles. This study explores the influence of gender on the psychosocial outcomes and descriptions of gender-related influences on the experiences of "Journey," a South African school-based OAE programme. Employing a mixed methods quasi-experimental design, a purposive sample of 74 male and 70 female Grade 10 learners was recruited for this study. Gender comparisons reveal a significant difference for post-"Journey" scores of Resilience but not for Life Effectiveness and Emotional Literacy. The qualitative findings suggest that individual differences, rather than gender, account for much of the variation in outcomes and meaning for the learners. It is imperative that we recognise that gender identities are inextricably intertwined with our understanding of sexual orientation, sex and issues of privilege and oppression.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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