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Being alive to the present: perceiving meaning on a wilderness river journey


Morse, M, Being alive to the present: perceiving meaning on a wilderness river journey, Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 15, (2) pp. 168-180. ISSN 1472-9679 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/14729679.2014.908401


In an earlier paper I identified two key forms of 'meaningful experience' for participants on a wilderness river rafting journey, namely a feeling of humility and being alive to the present. However, space considerations led me to describe only the first of these forms in any detail. In this paper I identify and describe the qualities of the second key form of meaningful experience via a phenomenological approach that moves between individual and collective experience. This approach reveals a structure of experience that provides a framework for reinterrogating original participant descriptions. The findings of this study highlight the importance of the way in which participants were able to pay attention to the surrounding environment-substantiating the importance of pre-reflective and embodied components of experience. In this paper I argue for a broad understanding of experience that includes and celebrates the pre-reflective realm of experience in river environments.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:experience, phenomenology, outdoor education, river, wilderness, journey
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Morse, M (Dr Marcus Morse)
ID Code:155245
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2023-02-07
Last Modified:2023-02-07

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