This study examined an existing afterschool, outdoor-based program called Challenge: Nature. This program worked with students in sixth-grade through eighth-grade, who had been recognized as struggling with characteristics of a Significant Identifiable Emotional Disability (SIED). The goal of the study was to identify the effect this program provided to the participants, as well as how new skills and knowledge were transferred from the afterschool setting to other domains of participants' lives, including at school, at home, and in social situations. The research consisted of an action research project using a mixed-methods approach, with existing data previously collected through the host organization. This approach included parent and student surveys, direct observation sheets, and data from the school district. The data collected spanned three years, from the program's conception, to the middle of the 2012-2013 school year. Through data analysis, this study provided an overview of the effects of the program and made suggestions based on the findings.
|Commitee:||Cox Caniglia, Noel, Tremblay, Bob|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Middle School education, Educational psychology|
|Keywords:||Adventure education, Afterschool programming, Emotional disabilites, Outdoor-based, Social disabilites|
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