The Role of Adventure Education in Enhancing Health-related Variables

By Alan W. Ewert and Alison Voight.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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Adventure Education (AE) programs seek to encourage individual growth and development through the intentional planning and implementation of educational processes that often include perceived or actual risk and typically use the natural environment as a program setting. Moreover, AE activities have long been suspected of having the potential to enhance a number of variables such as stress reduction, trust, development of social networks, a sense of empowerment, and resilience (McKenzie, 2003). Many of these variables are also associated with the maintenance and enhancement of human health. If effective in improving these types of variables, AE programs may be another tool in the overall management of the health of many citizens.

Keywords: Adventure Education, Empowerment, Health-related Variables, Natural Environments, Resilience

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.75-88. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 594.242KB).

Dr. Alan W. Ewert

Professor, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Dr. Alan Ewert: Dr. Ewert is a Professor at Indiana University, USA, specializing in the areas of human health and natural environments and the effect of adventure and risk on personal decision-making. He has numerous publications in the area of human health and natural settings or activities. In addition, he has published several books on the human dimensions of natural resource management and is co-authoring a text on Human Health and Natural Environments to be published by CABI.

Alison Voight

Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Therapeutic Outdoor Programs (TOP), Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Dr. Alison Voight: Alison Voight, PhD, is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies at Indiana University, USA. Her background area is in Recreational Therapy, Accessibility Issues in Recreation Programming, and Therapeutic Outdoor Programs (TOP). Dr. Voight is the Coordinator of the Therapeutic Outdoor Certificate Program at IU, and teaches courses regarding Inclusive Recreation Services, Research and Evaluation, and Therapeutic Outdoor Programs courses.