It was tough, but it was kind of cool : experience of a university wilderness orientation program through the participants' eyes

WCU Author/Contributor (non-WCU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Susan Al'Khafaji (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
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Winford Gordon

Abstract: Many universities are now offering new type of freshman orientation. These Wilderness Orientation Programs offer a unique opportunity to help incoming students transition and adjust into the university setting. Thus far the literature has used pre- and post-test comparisons across many outcomes. Post-program scores indicate that participants have benefitted from these programs. This study uses qualitative data to identify most effective features in wilderness orientation program. This program was run at a public regional comprehensive university in a state in the Southeast. Participants were interviewed on their past experience. The primary goal was to identify reoccurring themes in the participants’ experiences.

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Language: English
Date: 2012
Qualitative, Wilderness Orientation Programs
College student orientation
Outdoor education

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