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Adventure Movement Project: Building a sustainable adventure movement
by Glover, Jeffrey T., M.A., Prescott College, 2014, 216; 1557871
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis introduces the question of how to intentionally build a sustainable adventure movement, which is a grassroots effort to intentionally and significantly increase the use of outdoor adventure education as an innovative educational tool for schools, communities and businesses in perpetuity. Taking a whole-systems approach and applying leading social movement and diffusion theories, the Adventure Movement Project (AMP) seeks to develop a framework for integrating outdoor adventure education into whole communities to inspire servant leadership, achieve sustainability, and drive innovation. A socially just and sustainable planet can thrive with outdoor adventure education acting as a highly effective catalyst, which drives social, economic, educational, and environmental change. To that end, this thesis presents original applications of diffusion models and social movement theories to outdoor adventure education. The research used an original Delphi study—of outdoor adventure education experts—which explored how to build a sustainable adventure movement. The study aimed to understand ideas related to best practices and successful strategies for expanding outdoor adventure education participation. Findings exemplified for increasing outdoor adventure education include embracing a clear, unified message that establishes why outdoor adventure education matters as a tool, which can lead to achieving sustainability, driving innovation, and inspiring servant leadership. A second key finding calls for outdoor adventure education to be part of something larger and through integration into the larger experiential education and sustainability movements it may reach critical mass.

Key Words: outdoor adventure education, sustainability, servant leadership, innovation, social movement, experiential education

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Matera, Jen
Commitee: Farrell, Greg, Mitten, Denise, Powers, Deborah
School: Prescott College
Department: Adventure Education
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Economic theory, Sustainability
Keywords: Experiential education, Innovation, Outdoor adventure education, Servant leadership, Social movement, Sustainability
Publication Number: 1557871
ISBN: 978-1-303-96278-3
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