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A quality of interrelating: describing a form of meaningful experience on a wilderness river journey

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posted on 2023-05-21, 16:17 authored by Marcus MorseMarcus Morse

In this paper I identify the components of ‘meaningful experiences’ for participants on a wilderness river rafting journey. The research is phenomenologically informed, and includes interviews, journals, observations and follow-up emails from 32 participants on eight Franklin River (Tasmania) 10-day trips. It elicits individual perceptions of meaningful experiences and combines recollections to reveal the commonalities within those experiences. The research identifies two key recurrent ‘streams of experience’ that provide meaning. The two recurrent streams of experience involved, firstly, a feeling of humility and, secondly, being alive to the present. In this paper I focus on the stream of experience surrounding a feeling of humility, highlighting the qualities of the ways in which participants interrelated with their surrounding environments and the structure of such experiences. Additionally, I consider some unique elements of the wilderness river journey that contributed to the experiences that participants valued as meaningful.

History

Publication title

Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning

Volume

14

Pagination

42-55

ISSN

1472-9679

Department/School

Faculty of Education

Publisher

Routledge

Place of publication

United Kingdom

Repository Status

  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Secondary education; Pedagogy; Environmental education and awareness