Putting research into practice; or putting practice into research in sail training

Prince, Heather and Fletcher, Eric (2018) Putting research into practice; or putting practice into research in sail training. In: Association of Sail Training Organisations (ASTO) Conference, 26 January 2018, Southampton Solent University, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Participating in a sail training voyage, as a type of outdoor adventure education, has been shown to support personal and social development by enhancing self-constructs and inter- and intra-personal skills. The extant research literature has principally sought to isolate, identify and measure voyage outcomes, however, there is little known about the processes by which these outcomes are achieved. The study presented here investigated these processes, in particular the subjective (non-statistical) significance of voyage-based activities experienced by twelve 14-year old crew members during a five-day sail training voyage (see Fletcher & Prince, 2017). The only activity that participants felt was significant both during and after the voyage was Helming - steering the vessel. It is proposed as an activity that is authentic, mediated, complex, and provides power and agency. The findings from this small-scale study suggest that it is important for sail training practitioners, and significant for the participants, to meet the lower order Maslow ‘needs’ removing barriers and enabling participation in the voyage experience.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Workshop)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies > Outdoor Studies
Depositing User: Heather Prince
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2018 14:31
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2018 14:39
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3581

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