Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Reflections on Outdoor Field Trips: Former High School Students Describe How Wilderness Activities Impacted Their Attitudes and Awareness
by Fujiyama, Dave, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 94; 10784647
Abstract (Summary)

This investigation examined how former members of the Wilderness Adventures Club at Bolsa Grande High School described the impacts of their outdoor experiences on their Interpersonal Connections, Outdoor Perspectives, Personal Growth and Well-Being, Agency, and Learning and Knowing. The data suggest that participants benefitted from participation in wilderness-based activities through the subsequent development of close friendships, connectedness to the natural world, 21st century skills like communication, feelings of well-being and agency, and increased knowledge. Administrative and district concerns about the perceived risks involved in outdoor extracurricular trips often become obstacles for educators who want to engage students in informal, wilderness-based learning opportunities. The results of this thesis may provide evidence of the benefits of these kinds of outings to argue for support for outdoor trips for students.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kisiel, James
Commitee: Henriques, Laura, Kelty, Tom
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Science Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Secondary education, Science education
Keywords: Attitudes, Awareness, Environment, Field trips, Natural world, Wilderness activities
Publication Number: 10784647
ISBN: 978-0-438-08234-2
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