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


Morse, M, A quality of interrelating: describing a form of meaningful experience on a wilderness river journey, Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 14, (1) pp. 42-55. ISSN 1472-9679 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/14729679.2013.769713


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:meaningful experience, rivers, wilderness, phenomenology, merleau-ponty
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:155246
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2023-02-07
Last Modified:2023-02-07

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