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Why Adventure? The Role and Value of Outdoor Adventure in Young People's Personal and Social Development

Why Adventure?

THE ROLE AND VALUE OF OUTDOOR ADVENTURE
IN YOUNG PEOPLE'S PERSONAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
A Review of Research by Jon Barrett and Dr. Roger Greenaway
commissioned by the Foundation for Outdoor Adventure (1995)

CONTENTS
ABOUT
SCOPE
A PLEA
ORDER
REFERENCES
MANIFESTO

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CONTENTS 

Part One: Why this Review?

  • Introduction
  • Outdoor Adventure: An Overview

Part Two: Exploring the Ingredients of Outdoor Adventure

  • The Place of Adventure in Outdoor Adventure Summary
  • The Group Dimension of Outdoor Adventure Summary
  • The Influence of Staff in Outdoor Adventure Summary
  • Sport, Physical Education and Outdoor Adventure Summary
  • The Environmant and Outdoor Adventure Summary
  • Exploring the Ingredients of Outdoor Adventure: Summary

Part Three: Outdoor adventure with Young People at Risk

  • An Overview
  • Reducing Recidivism
  • Enhancing Positive Self-Concept
  • Improving Self-Efficacy
  • Improving Social Development
  • Encouraging Responsibility
  • Improving Internalisation of Locus of Control
  • Improving Constructive Use of Leisure
  • Enhancing Participant/Staff Relationships
  • Aims and Outcomes of Outdoor Adventure Interventions: Summary

Part Four: Implications

  • Implications of Review for Research and Evaluation

Glossary

References

Authors A ~ J
Authors K ~ Z

ABOUT 'WHY ADVENTURE?' 

  • What is the value to young people of adventure activities?
  • Can such activities contribute to young people's development?
  • What consititutes an effective outdoor adventure?
  • How might the quality of young people's experiences be improved?
  • What are the tools for effective evaluation?

"Why Adventure? represents a significant contribution to the task of exploring the value and benefits of outdoor adventure to the personal and social development of young people.

Its wide ranging scope is unprecedented, covering youth and community work, education, youth social work and youth training, both in the UK and abroad.

It provides an up to date picture of research that is relevant both to the processes and to the outcomes of young people's experiences of outdoor adventure.

Why Adventure? explores several key ingredients of outdoor adventure:

  • adventure itself:
  • its group dimension
  • the influence of staff
  • sport and physical education
  • the environment.

It includes an in-depth consideration of the role of outdoor adventure in work with young people in trouble and at risk, and discusses new directions for future research and evaluation.

If you are a practitioner or researcher interested in the role of outdoor adventure in young people's development, this publication is for you."

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SCOPE OF THE REVIEW

Research from the UK and abroad

The priority was to collect and review UK research, but the review also includes key studies and research reviews from abroad.

Empirical research studies

Another priority was to collect and review empirical research studies, most of which turned out to be either about Outward Bound programmes or about programmes for young people in trouble or at risk.

Other research about outdoor adventure

In areas where few empirical studies could be found, findings from more theoretical research have been included.

Findings from research in related fields

This included sociological and psychological research, research into the developmental effects of sport, the environment, leadership styles, etc.

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A PLEA FOR USEFUL RESEARCH!

The authors hope to encourage research that investigates how outdoor adventure 'works'. They believe that researchers would be better able to provide meaningful evidence of effectiveness, and more reliable guidance about improving practice, if they 'try harder' to bridge the gap between 'process' and 'outcome' studies. This in turn would help to establish closer links between research and practice.  

'Why Adventure?' is out of print

The Institute for Outdoor Learning is preparing a reprint with a new preface

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Title: WHY ADVENTURE? The Role and Value of Outdoor Adventure in Young People's Personal and Social Development: A Review of Research
Authors: Jon Barrett and Dr. Roger Greenaway
Publisher: The Foundation for Outdoor Adventure
Date: 1995
ISBN: 1 900170 00 0

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Please use the articles index or the research index to find old and new writing on related themes.

Manifesto

The MANIFESTO for Outdoor Adventure for Young People is viewable on this site.
It was part of a campaign launched by The Foundation for Outdoor Adventure

See the Outdoor Noticeboard for announcements - or to add your own.

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