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Research Reports: Wilderness Education

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

WILDERNESS EDUCATION

Collins, R., Sibthorp, J & Gookin, J. (in review). Effects of wilderness expedition experience on ill-structured problem-solving skills. Submitted to Journal of Experiential Education.

Jostad, J., Sibthorp, J., Pohja, M., & Gookin, J. (accepted for publication). The adolescent social group in outdoor adventure education: Making social connections that matter. Research in Outdoor Education.

Richmond, D., Sibthorp, J. Pohja, M., & Gookin, J. (accepted for publication). Social dynamics in outdoor adventure groups: Factors determining peer status.  Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership.

Goldenberg, M. & Soule, K. (2015). A four-year follow-up of means-ends outcomes from outdoor adventure programs. GJournal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 15:4, 284-295.

Gress, S. (2015). Diversity in the outdoors: Student attitudes about wilderness in the National Outdoor Leadership School. M.S. thesis. Oregon State University. 69 pp.

Jostad, J. (2015). A dynamical systems theory examination of social connections in outdoor recreation programs. Ph.D. dissertation. University of Utah. 115 pp.

Jostad, J., Sibthorp, J., Butner, J., Rochelle, S. & Gookin, J. (2015). Using dynamical systems theory in outdoor experiential education. Pp. 8-11 in Proceedings 2015 Symposium for Experiential Education Research, presented at the  43rd AEE Conference in Portland, OR, October 22-25, 2015. 57 pp.

Masters, M., Morgan, C., Ruden, T., Christensen, A., Gookin, J., & Rochelle, S. (2015). Energy balance: Assessing changes in body composition during a NOLS expedition. Pp. 50-53 in Proceedings 2015 Symposium for Experiential Education Research, presented at the 43rd AEE Conference in Portland, OR, October 22-15, 2015. 57 pp.

Sibthorp, J., Collins, R., Rathunde, K., Paisley, K., Schumann, S., Pohja, M., Gookin, J., & Baynes, S. (2015). Fostering experiential self-regulation in college age students through outdoor adventure education. Journal of Experiential Education, 38(1), 26-40.

Furman, N. & Sibthorp, J. (2014). The development of prosocial behavior in adolescents: A mixed methods study from NOLS. Journal of Experiential Education, 37(2), 160-175.

Mirkin, B. (2014). Exploring complex relationships on extended wilderness courses. Research in Outdoor Education, 12, 58-79.

Paisley, K., Jostad, J., Sibthorp, J., Pohja, M., Gookin, J., & Rajagopal-Durbin, A. (2014). Considering students’ experiences in diverse groups: case studies from NOLS. Journal of Leisure Research, 46(3), 329-341.

Pohja, M., Ocobock, C, & Gookin, J. (2014). Energy expenditure in the backcountry. Research in Outdoor Education, 12, 99-115.

Redmon, K. (2014). Mind the (grade) gap: Investigating the correlation between gender and performance at NOLS. Poster presented at NOLS Faculty Summit, May 2014.

Schumann, S., & Sibthorp, J. (2014). The development and scaling of the Teaching Outdoor Education self-efficacy scale. Research in Outdoor Education 12, 80-98.

Sibthorp, J. & Jostad, J. (2014). The social system in outdoor adventure education programs: Present and future. Journal of Experiential Education State of Knowledge Issue, 37(1), 60-74.

Jostad, J., Paisley, K., Sibthorp, J., & Gookin, J. (2012). The multi-dimensionality of group cohesion: A temporal examination of NOLS courses. Presentation at the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education Annual Research Symposium. Snowbird, UT.

Jostad, J., Sibthorp, J., & Paisley, K. (2013).  Understanding groups in outdoor adventure education through social network analysis.  Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, 17(1), 17-31.

Waage, T., Paisley, K., & Gookin, J. (2013). Understanding the contribution of wilderness-based experiences to the creation of an environmental ethic in youth. Research in Outdoor Education, 11, 18-27.

Collins, R.H., Paisley, K., Sibthorp, J., & Gookin, J. (2012). “Black and white thinkers” and “colorful problems:” Understanding student thinking in outdoor education. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 4(3), 185-198.

Collins, R., Sibthorp, J., & Gookin, J. (2012). The importance of program quality in youth development: Program quality indicators as predictors of outcome achievement among NOLS participants. Abstracts from the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Research Symposium, 99-104. Martinsville, IN.

Collins, R., Sibthorp, J., Gookin, J., & Schumann, S. (2012). The role and importance of program quality in outdoor adventure programs for youth: Examining program quality indicators as predictors of outcome achievement among NOLS participants. Research in Outdoor Education, 11, 28-46.

Gookin, J., Sibthorp, J., & Paisley, K. (2012). Measurement of challenge (stress) type and intensity in wilderness education students. Abstracts from the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Research Symposium, pp. 16-18. Martinsville, IN

Jostad, J., Paisley, K., & Gookin, J. (2012).  Wilderness-based semester learning: Understanding the NOLS experience. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 4(1), 16-26.

Schumann, S., Schimelpfenig, T., Sibthorp, J., & Collins, R. (2012). An examination of wilderness first aid knowledge, self-efficacy, and skill retention. Wilderness and Environmental Medicine Journal, 23, 281-287.

Sibthorp, J., Collins, R., Paisley, K., Rathunde, K., Schumann, S., Gookin, J., & Baynes, S. (2012). Developing lifelong learners: Enhancing dispositional enjoyment of learning through optimal engagement in adventure education programs. Abstracts from the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Research Symposium, 13-16. Martinsville, IN.

Sibthorp, J., Furman, N., Paisley, K., Gookin, J. & Schumann, S. (2011). Mechanisms of learning transfer in adventure education: Qualitative results from the NOLS transfer survey. Journal of Experiential Education, 34(2), 109-118.

Shooter, W., Sibthorp, J. & Gookin, J. (2010). The importance of trust in outdoor education: Exploring the relation between trust in outdoor leaders and developmental outcomes. Research in Outdoor Education, 10, 48-56.

Schumann, S., Paisley, K., Sibthorp, J., and Gookin, J. (2009). Instructor influence on student learning at NOLS. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 1 (1), 15-37.

Gookin, J. (2008). Nurturing the heart and soul of education. Presented at On Sacred Ground: Faith and the Environment, Casper, WY, Sep. 2008 and Native Ways Of Knowing: Ethete, WY, Oct. 2008.

Hutson, G. & Bailey, L. (2008). Awakening place awareness during a 30-day wilderness leadership program. International Journal of Wilderness, 14(3), 23-28.

Paisley, K., Furman, N., Sibthorp, J. & Gookin, J. (2008). Student learning in outdoor education: A case study from the National Outdoor Leadership School. Journal of Experiential Education, 30(3), 201-222.

Paisley, K., Sibthorp, J., Furman, N., Schumann, S., Gookin, J., & McAvoy, L. (2008). Predictors of participant development through adventure education: Replication and extension of previous findings from NOLS. Research in Outdoor Education, 9, 60-74.

Pearson, M. 2008. Peer effects on non-cognitive ability. Unpublished manuscript.

Sibthorp, J., Furman, N., Paisley, K., & Gookin, J. (2008). Long-term impacts attributed to participation in wilderness education: Preliminary findings from NOLS. Research in Outdoor Education, 9, 86-103

Sibthorp, J., Paisley, K., Gookin, J., & Furman, N. (2008). The pedagogic value of student autonomy in adventure education. Journal of Experiential Education, 31(2), 136-151.

Goldenberg, M. & Pronsolino, D. (2007). A means-end investigation of outcomes associated with Outward Bound and NOLS programs. Journal of Experiential Education, 30(3), 271-276.

Sibthorp, J., Paisley, K., & Gookin, J. (2007). Exploring participant development through adventure-based programming: A model from the National Outdoor Leadership School. Leisure Sciences, 29, 1-18.    

Sibthorp, J., Paisley, K., Gookin, J., & Ward, P. (2007). Addressing response-shift bias: retrospective pretests in recreation research and evaluation. Journal of Leisure Research, 29(2), 295-315.

Wells, D. (2007). Organizational collaboration in outdoor adventure education. M.A. thesis, Prescott College. 153 pp.

Monz, C. 1999. NOLS research program 1999 annual report and completed papers. Unpublished report. 92 pp.

Kellert, S & Derr, V. (1998). A national study of outdoor wilderness experience. Unpublished report. 104 pp.

Propst, D.B. & Koesler, R.A. (1998). Bandura goes outdoors: Role of self efficacy in the outdoor leadership development process. Leisure Sciences, 20, 319-344.

Hammitt, J. P.  (1995). Responsible environmental behavior: Metaphoric transference of minimum-impact ideology. M.S. thesis, University of Montana. 148 pp.

Koesler, R.A. & Propst, D.B. (1994). Factors influencing leadership development in wilderness education. Unpublished report. 20 pp. 

Monz, C., Henderson, C., & Brame, R (1994). Perspectives on the integration of wilderness research, education and management. In 6th National Wilderness Conference Proceedings, The Spirit Lives, Santa Fe, NM.

 Summaries of some of the above papers are available here:

Exploring complex relationships on extended wilderness courses (ROE 2014) 955
Importance of trust in outdoor education (ROE 2010) 865
Mechanisms of learning transfer in adventure education (JEE 2011) 845
Developing lifelong learners (CEO Symposium 2012) 873
The multi-dimensionality of group cohesion (AORE Symposium 2012) 846
Measurement of challenge type and intensity in wilderness education students (CEO Symposium 2012) 823
Black and white thinkers and colorful problems (JOREL 2012) 914
The importance of program quality in youth development (ROE & CEO Symposium 2012) 901
Wilderness-based experiences and creation of an environmental ethic (ROE 2013) 882
Understanding groups in outdoor adventure education through social network analysis (AJOE 2013) 846
Considering students’ experiences in diverse groups (JLR 2014) 843
Social system in outdoor adventure education programs (JEE 2014) 895
Development of prosocial behavior in adolescents (JEE 2014) 869
An examination of wilderness first aid knowledge, self-efficacy and skill retention (WEMJ 2012) 864
Wilderness-based semester learning (JOREL 2012) 902
Effects of wilderness expedition experience on ill-structured problem-solving skills (2015) 1591
Fostering experiential self-regulation through outdoor adventure education (JEE 2015) 1859
Backcountry nutrition (ROE 2014) 2161
Peer effects on non-cognitive ability (2008) 2090
Nurturing the heart and soul of education: (secular) spirituality (2008) 2464
Instructor influence on student learning at NOLS (JOREL 2009) 2934
Awakening place awareness during a 30-day wilderness leadership program (IJW 2008) 2452
Stove Efficiency Experiment: VIDEO (2009) 4926
Responsible environmental behavior: Metaphoric transference of minimum-impact ideology (1995) 2664
Role of self-efficacy in the outdoor leadership development process (1998) 2664
The pedagogic value of student autonomy in adventure education (2008) 2550
Student learning in outdoor education (JEE 2008) 3004
Predictors of participant development through adventure education (ROE 2008) 2833
Long-term impacts attributed to participation in wilderness education (PowerPoint) 3441
Long-term impacts of wilderness education (ROE 2008) 6160
Perspectives on the integration of wilderness research, education and management (1994) 2768
Factors influencing leadership development in wilderness education (1994) 3185
A national study of outdoor wilderness experience (Kellert and Derr 1998) 4501
NOLS Research Program 1999 Annual Report and Completed Papers (1999) 2814
Organizational collaboration in outdoor adventure education (2007) 2804
Exploring participant development through adventure-based programming (Leisure Sciences 2007) 3264
Addressing response-shift bias: retrospective pretests in recreation research and eval (JLR 2007) 2945
A means-end investigation of outcomes associated with Outward Bound and NOLS programs (JEE 2007) 2965
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