Adventure education (AE) is a growing field that requires more research in order to strengthen the different teaching and learning approaches by using evidence-based practices. Many researchers have noted the lack of understanding of why and how AE works as an educational pedagogy and therefore the professions within the field struggle for credibility and funding. This thesis focused on small non-profit mission-driven AE organizations and how an evaluation system could help them measure their intended outcomes, thereby helping them to highlight their measurable accomplishments and make the necessary improvements. The logic model was chosen as the model for evaluation due to the systematic connection between programmatic components and outcomes. A pilot evaluation was completed for Grand Canyon Youth (GCY) and recommendations were compiled for changes to their programs as well as how other comparable organizations can implement a similar evaluation system of their own.
|Commitee:||Bialeschki, Deb, Mitten, Denise|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Environmental education, Education, Recreation|
|Keywords:||Adventure education, Evaluation, Evidence-based research, Logic model, Mission-driven|
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