Fidelity and Its Importance to Experiential and Outdoor Education
Keywords:fidelity, adaptation, implementation, facilitation, participant responsiveness
Fidelity is an important factor in the assessment and delivery of programs. However, few researchers have examined predictors of fidelity. In this study, we examined the relationship of fidelity to facilitator characteristics in a leadership program oriented toward the development of new university students. The study consisted of 25 program facilitators and 78 first-year university students. Self-report data were collected from facilitators 1 week prior to program implementation and immediately following program completion. Study results indicate that facilitator fidelity beliefs and buy-in are positively correlated with fidelity, but negatively correlated with facilitator experience and training levels. These results complement and build on prior investigation into facilitator characteristics and their contribution to fidelity.
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