Processing Adventure Experiences: It’s the Story that Counts

John L. Luckner, Reldan S. NadlerProcessing Adventure Experiences: It’s the Story that Counts

The field of therapeutic recreation recently has experienced an increase in the use of outdoor-adventure activities, such as ropes courses, group initiatives, and wilderness travel. Through the use of these experiences, professionals seek to assist participants to develop insight and skills that transfers to their lives after they have completed the activities. Without such positive transfer, programs have limited long-term value. The purpose of this article is to discuss the importance of processing in relation to the transferability of outdoor-adventure experiences. Specifically, the constructivist view of learning and the role of narrative are discussed. Strategies that can be used by professionals to help individuals develop new self stories that generalize the learning to settings and situations after the adventure-based experience are presented.

Author John L. Luckner, Reldan S. Nadler
Volume Vol 29, No 3 (1995)
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