The Intersection of Community and Place in an Outdoor Orientation Program

Mathew L Austin, Bruce Martin, Aiko Yoshino, Kevin Schanning, Derek H Ogle, Robin Mittelstaedt
2010 Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership  
Robin Mittelstaedt Ohio University This study investigated outcomes of a college outdoor orientation program that utilized 3, 4, 5, and 12-day adventure based trips. Sense of community and sense of place were measured using a one-sample pre/post-test design (n = 118). Paired sample t-tests were implemented to explore differences and, in general, students reported significant changes following participation. Students demonstrated increases in the number of their friends, trusted individuals, and
more » ... ed individuals, and 6 of the 7 factorial components measuring sense of community and sense of place (p < .05). The importance of community and place is discussed, highlighting suggestions and implications for future consideration in outdoor orientation programming.
doi:10.7768/1948-5123.1033 fatcat:y4wgirc7kbgfnjsvk3tpis7bte