Transformational learning through a women’s outdoor leadership course

O'Brien, Katherine and Allin, Linda (2022) Transformational learning through a women’s outdoor leadership course. Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning, 22 (2). pp. 191-202. ISSN 1472-9679

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This study considers the impact of Outward Bound UK’s first Women’s Outdoor Leadership Course, as a strategy for addressing the gender imbalance in leadership within the organisation and wider outdoor sector. A qualitative approach was taken in order to examine changes experienced by the women on the course, what contributed to such changes and the significance of the female environment. Analysis taking an initial grounded theory approach led to the use of Transformational Learning Theory as a framework for understanding the data. Results suggest that transformations occurred primarily around confidence and an inner authentic sense of self. Key contributing factors to this were the supportive environment, the focus on learning, challenge and reflection, and relationships with female peers. Findings can be used to inform an explicit theory of change for further women’s outdoor leadership development. More research is needed to understand the sustainability and impact of change.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Transformational learning theory, leadership, outdoor education, women
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2021 10:14
Last Modified: 12 May 2023 08:00

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