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Research in Outdoor Education

Abstract

This study was designed to investigate inter­pretation as a potential method of promoting "landfull" experiences. To date, no studies have explored the application of cultural history in­terpretation in adventure-based programming. This study investigated the use of interpretive activities that focus on the cultural history of the area during an adventure-based trip and evalu­ated the impact of this interpretation on partici­pants' experiences. As an exploratory effort, the purpose of this study was threefold: To provide a rationale for the use of cultural history inter­pretation in adventure-based programming; to create a prototype for integrating cultural history interpretation in adventure programming; and to evaluate the impacts of cultural history inter­pretation on the experience of trip participants. The study explored the following research ques­tions:

  • Does the use of cultural history interpreta­tion on a trip influence the participants' ex­perience?
  • If so, what aspects of the cultural history interpretation are influential?
  • How is the participants' experience influ­enced?

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