Tuesday, 31 March 2015


These studies primarily look at various aspects of student outcomes and programming effects in wilderness education.

Fostering experiential self-regulation through outdoor adventure education (JEE 2015) 953
Exploring complex relationships on extended wilderness courses (ROE 2014) 84
Social system in outdoor adventure education programs (JEE 2014) 88
Considering students’ experiences in diverse groups (JLR 2014) 75
Development of prosocial behavior in adolescents (JEE 2014) 101
Effects of wilderness expedition experience on ill-structured problem-solving skills (2014) 789
Backcountry nutrition (ROE 2014) 1216
Wilderness-based experiences and creation of an environmental ethic (ROE 2013) 85
Understanding groups in outdoor adventure education through social network analysis (AJOE 2013) 73
The multi-dimensionality of group cohesion (AORE Symposium 2012) 84
Developing lifelong learners (CEO Symposium 2012) 73
Black and white thinkers and colorful problems (JOREL 2012) 83
The importance of program quality in youth development (ROE & CEO Symposium 2012) 74
Measurement of challenge type and intensity in wilderness education students (CEO Symposium 2012) 78
An examination of wilderness first aid knowledge, self-efficacy and skill retention (WEMJ 2012) 81
Wilderness-based semester learning (JOREL 2012) 93
Mechanisms of learning transfer in adventure education (JEE 2011) 91
Importance of trust in outdoor education (ROE 2010) 87
Instructor influence on student learning at NOLS (JOREL 2009) 2124
Stove Efficiency Experiment: VIDEO (2009) 3968
Peer effects on non-cognitive ability (2008) 1200
Long-term impacts of wilderness education (ROE 2008) 5130
Long-term impacts attributed to participation in wilderness education (PowerPoint) 2565
Predictors of participant development through adventure education (ROE 2008) 1991
Nurturing the heart and soul of education: (secular) spirituality (2008) 1734
Student learning in outdoor education (JEE 2008) 2178
Awakening place awareness during a 30-day wilderness leadership program (IJW 2008) 1759
The pedagogic value of student autonomy in adventure education (2008) 1678
Addressing response-shift bias: retrospective pretests in recreation research and eval (JLR 2007) 1993
A means-end investigation of outcomes associated with Outward Bound and NOLS programs (JEE 2007) 2100
Exploring participant development through adventure-based programming (Leisure Sciences 2007) 2371
Organizational collaboration in outdoor adventure education (2007) 1988
NOLS Research Program 1999 Annual Report and Completed Papers (1999) 1944
A national study of outdoor wilderness experience (Kellert and Derr 1998) 3351
Role of self-efficacy in the outdoor leadership development process (1998) 1837
Responsible environmental behavior: Metaphoric transference of minimum-impact ideology (1995) 1817
Factors influencing leadership development in wilderness education (1994) 2365
Perspectives on the integration of wilderness research, education and management (1994) 1933
  • About NOLS Research  ( 3 items )
    Learn more about the NOLS research mission as well as how to submit a research proposal and FAQ.

  • Research Reports: Recreational Ecology  ( 10 items )
    These studies look at impacts and their mitigation related to backcountry recreation.

  • Research Reports: Health and Risk  ( 17 items )
    These studies look at outdoor program incident, accident, and illness epidemiology, energy balance (expenditure and consumption), lightning risks, avalanche risks, and safety equipment for camping in bear bear country.
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