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in Adventure Programming
ISBN: 0-87322-637-2


67 diagrams

30 photos

316 pages



This is the first book to provide in-depth information on the key elements of effective outdoor leadership. Written by two of the world's leading authorities in the field of adventure programming, this comprehensive text goes beyond the technical skills of outdoor leadership to address the equally important facilitation skills and metaskills essential to highly effective leaders.

First, the book examines the historical and philosophical foundations of the rapidly emerging profession of adventure programming. Next, it reviews technical competencies that outdoor leaders should possess and provides general safety and environmental guidelines they should follow. An extensive resource list directs readers to additional sources that will help them attain proficiency in these skills.

Effective Leadership in Adventure Programming goes on to take a detailed look at the organizational, instructional, and facilitation skills of outdoor leadership followed by a thorough examination of the six metaskills that outdoor leaders should possess:

  • Flexible leadership style
  • Experience-based judgment
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Decision-making skills
  • Effective communication
  • Professional ethics

The book concludes with a discussion of six key future trends and issues associated with adventure programming and outdoor leadership&emdash;growth, the environment, technology, burnout, professionalism, and research. The authors' skillful approach to integrating all aspects of effective outdoor adventure leadership makes this book a valuable resource for entry-level outdoor leaders as well as for seasoned professionals.

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Simon Priest is an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire. He is also a retired full professor from Brock University in Canada, and the founding director of the Corporate Adventure Training Institute, a research center at Brock University. A member of the Association for Experiential Education since 1983, he is the director of their research task force and the chair of their student research grants committee.

Dr. Priest's contributions to the field of adventure programming have had an international impact. He has been a scholar in residence and has been awarded visiting professorships in Australia, New Zealand, England, and other European nations. He has also studied and taught about outdoor leadership in more than two dozen countries around the world.

Dr. Priest has researched and written extensively on the topic of adventure programming. He has authored or edited several books and book chapters, and his articles have appeared in publications such as the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Leadership, the Journal of Experiential Education, Leisure Studies, and the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Dr. Priest received his doctorate from the University of Oregon in 1986.

Michael Gass is a professor and coordinator of the outdoor education program in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). He is the creator of the Browne Center, a program development and research center on adventure learning that serves more than 5,000 clients a year. He also serves as a professional-in-residence at the UNH Marriage and Family Therapy Center.

Dr. Gass has been a member of AEE and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) since 1980. He served as president of AEE in 1990 and was the chair of AEE's Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group in 1992-93 and 1995-96. He also was the chair of AAHPERD's Council for Outdoor Education in 1994. Currently he serves on the advisory board for the Journal of Experiential Education and is the chair of AEE's Program Accreditation Council.

Dr. Gass received the 1995-96 Julian W. Smith Award from AAHPERD, an award that recognizes individuals for longstanding meritorious service and major contributions to the field of outdoor education. He received his PhD in experiential education from the University of Colorado at Boulder and completed postdoctoral studies in marriage and family therapy.

Chapter 1. Introduction to Effective Outdoor Leadership
Part I: Foundations of Adventure Programming
Chapter 2. Philosophy of Adventure Programming
Chapter 3. History of Adventure Programming
Chapter 4. Individual Behavior and Motivation
Chapter 5. Group Development and Dynamics
Part II: Practical and Organizational Skills for Outdoor Leaders
Chapter 6. Technical Skills
Chapter 7. Safety Skills
Chapter 8. Environmental Skills
Chapter 9. Trip Planning
Chapter 10. Risk Management
Part III: Instruction in Adventure Programming
Chapter 11. Experiential Education
Chapter 12. Instructional Methods
Chapter 13. Teaching Models
Part IV: Facilitation in Adventure Programming
Chapter 14. The Process of Facilitation
Chapter 15. Basic Facilitation Techniques
Chapter 16. Advanced Facilitation Techniques
Chapter 17. Facilitation Roles
Part V: Metaskills for Outdoor Leaders
Chapter 18. Flexible Leadership Style
Chapter 19. Effective Communication
Chapter 20. Experience-Based Judgment
Chapter 21. Problem Solving
Chapter 22. Decision Making
Chapter 23. Professional Ethics
Chapter 24. Trends and Issues

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