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Research in Outdoor Education

Abstract

This study is part of a larger project that ex­amined the significance of the gender system working within and through an outdoor adven­ture education program for adolescents. Al­though the categories female and male were used to describe the claimed and ascribed identi­ties of the participants, the study was designed to explore the implications of the gender system with reference to agency and empowerment for adolescent girls, not to differentiate between "essential" female and male experiences. The data was not analyzed to make statistical infer­ences about girls and boys as homogeneous groups. It was viewed in terms of how different ranges of gender behavior among the partici­pants influenced the working of the groups within the program, and how this influenced the experience for different individuals, The intent of the present analysis is to focus on one aspect of significance found within the larger study: the nature and purpose of gender stereotyping.

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