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Behavior and Group Management in Outdoor Adventure Education
Theory, research and practice

ISBN 9781138935259
Published June 14, 2017 by Routledge
218 Pages 65 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Outdoor adventure activities are becoming an increasingly popular part of physical education programs. The physical risks of these activities are often foremost in the minds of both instructors and participants, yet it is managing group behavior which can prove to be the most difficult. This is the first book for students and practitioners to address this essential aspect of outdoor adventure education (OAE).

Outlining key evidence-based training practices, this book explains how to interact with groups ranging from adolescents to military veterans within a variety of outdoor adventure education contexts. It provides practical advice on how to promote positive behavior, while also offering guidance on how to mitigate negative behavior and manage a variety of challenging behavioral issues. With ten chapters full of real world examples from rock climbing to wilderness trekking, it provides a comprehensive guide to understanding the complexities of behavioral group management (BGM) in theory and practice.

This book is vital reading for students training to be outdoor physical education instructors and for practitioners looking to enhance their group management skills.

Table of Contents


[Peter Steinhauser]


[Alan Ewert and Curt Davidson]

1. Overview of the Book

2. Introduction to Outdoor Adventure Education and Behavioral and Group Management

3. Therapeutic Considerations in Behavior and Group Management

4. Relevant Theories and the Application in Outdoor Adventure Education and Behavioral and Group Management

5. Selected Constructs Useful in Behavior and Group Management

6. Relevant Techniques and Their Use in the Field

7. Working with Specific Populations

8. Student Medication Management and Issues

9. Substance Abuse, Rule Violation, and Inappropriate Behaviors

10. Other Resources


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Alan Ewert  is a Professor in Outdoor Leadership at Indiana University, USA. He has also served in the position of Branch Chief of Recreation, Wilderness, and Urban Forestry Research for the USDA Forest Service. In that position, he was involved in helping initiate the development of a social science and human well-being program in the Forest Service. He has published numerous articles on the relationship between natural settings and human health in addition to a number of books on adventure education

Curt Davidson  recently received his PhD from Indiana University, USA, and studies the intersections of cognitive health, outdoor adventure, and social support. He has taught several courses at Indiana University, including graduate level Behavior Management and Adventure Education Facilitation. In addition, he has held positions as an outdoor instructor with over 12 programs including Outward Bound and Summit Adventure. His expertise in facilitation has led him to conduct multiple workshops for a variety of programs