The power of will: how a multi-day expedition through the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme affects an individual’s willpower

Boocock, Dylan (2017) The power of will: how a multi-day expedition through the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme affects an individual’s willpower. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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The Aim of this study was to explore how a multi-day expedition as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Scheme affects an individual’s willpower. Building on current research, a key aspect of this study was to combine quantitative and qualitative data collection methods to inductively provide an in depth understanding of changes and individual experiences. Participants (N=28), twenty boys and eight girls, completed a 35-point self-report willpower questionnaire pre, post and 5 weeks after a multi-day expedition. Based on their willpower scores, participants (N=4), two boys and two girls, also took part in semi structured interviews five weeks after the multi-day expedition to obtain individual experiences. Interviews were transcribed and analysed thematically, exploring key components of the adventure experience. Quantitative results revealed that the multi-day expedition initially decreased willpower. However, the five-week follow up exhibited an increase in mean willpower scores higher than that of the pre-expedition scores. Qualitative results highlighted multiple themes of discussion, including the environment, the activity, and the group. Triangulation of qualitative and qualitative results yielded a number of key components that may be attributed to the changes in willpower, primarily the environment, processing and leaders. These components, along with others, combined to build a picture of characteristics within adventure programs that are integral to participant experiences and outcomes.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) Adventure Education
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Departments > Adventure Education
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2017 13:26
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2017 13:26

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