Outdoor Wilderness Education: A Leadership Curriculum


  • Edward O. Raiola


Outdoor leadership, wilderness, curriculum, education, analysis, evaluation, dispersed recreation


This study used an interdisciplinary approach to establish, test, and evaluate a curriculum for outdoor leadership education that is not specific in geographic suitability and is applicable to land- or water-based programs. A pilot test and evaluation of the curriculum was based on questionnaire results, and a review of literature was conducted to determine to what extent these educational objectives were actually achieved by the program of instruction. Analysis of data from a pre- and post-course, competency-based questionnaire, a student-designed ranking-narrative tool, the Unity College Faculty and Course Evaluation Form, and investigator observations showed that students had increased their levels of skill, competency, and knowledge related to the curriculum objectives after the completion of the course of instruction.





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