What helps outdoor leaders feel connected to nature in the wilderness? A Q-Method inquiry

Cattermole, Ralph (2016) What helps outdoor leaders feel connected to nature in the wilderness? A Q-Method inquiry. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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This study is a small but significant insight into the ways in which UK outdoor leaders find connection with nature, and further ascertaining whether wilderness or lack thereof is a defining factor in making a connection with nature. This paper combines elements of previous investigations (Hutson & Montgomery, 2006; and Hutson, 2007) to provide unique insight into the motivations of those working in the growing industry of the outdoor sector. Purposive sampling was used to select participants within the industry with a range of experience and roles (N=14; M=10, F=4). Using a Q-Method analysis, 48 statements were arranged by each participant in a grid, answering ‘what helps you feel connected to nature in the wilderness’. The data was then statistically analysed, and the results were interpreted in the context of current relevant literature. Three themes emerged; Adventure Freedom, being the main finding, accounted for 30% of the variance, Collective Connections 12% and Mindfulness 12%.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) Adventure Education
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Departments > Adventure Education
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2017 11:23
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2018 15:19
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/2416

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