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A Photo Elicitation Study of the Meanings of Outdoor Adventure Experiences
T. A. Loeffler
This study explored the meanings of participating in college-based outdoor programs utilizing an innovative research methodology. Individual photo elicitation interviews were conducted with 14 participants of a college-based outdoor program. Photographs taken by the participants during their outdoor experiences formed the foundation of the photo elicitation interview process. Photo elicitation provided a model for collaborative research where participants interpreted their photographic images and meanings for the researcher. Qualitative analysis of the interview data revealed three explanatory themes: spiritual connection with the outdoors, connections with others through outdoor experience, self-discovery and gaining perspectives through outdoor experience. Results of the present study paralleled previous research findings while suggesting further avenues of inquiry using photo elicitation.
Outdoor education, adventure, photo-elicitation, meaning, phenomenology
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