Outdoor Leadership: Theory and Practice will help you
Outdoor Leadership: Theory and Practice
- develop eight core competencies that are based on professional standards and are the foundation of successful outdoor leadership,
- understand how to transform theory into practice through a framework that includes real-life chapter-opening stories and learning activities to help build leadership competencies, and
- develop and demonstrate leadership competencies by creating a professional development portfolio that documents successful leadership experiences.
is the foundational course text and professional reference for learning and developing outdoor leadership competencies. The authors, experienced outdoor leadership instructors who have worked in a variety of outdoor settings, outline the steps to mastering eight core competencies that not only help you develop leadership abilities but also help you meet current professional standards:
- Foundational knowledge
- Self-awareness and professional conduct
- Decision making and judgment
- Teaching and facilitation
- Environmental stewardship
- Program management
- Safety and risk management
- Technical ability
The book covers these competencies in a real-world context. Chapter-opening stories provide a framework for the chapter content, and learning activities and numerous examples from North America help you apply that theory and master each competency. In addition, you'll be guided through a series of activities in developing and showcasing leadership abilities through a culminating professional development portfolio. Outdoor Leadership: Theory and Practice
provides the foundational knowledge required of successful outdoor leaders. Part I
discusses the concepts, history, and evolution of outdoor leadership, including the diverse natural and cultural outdoor settings in which leaders work. Part II
covers the components of leadership theory with chapters focusing on personal development, group dynamics, facilitation of outdoor pursuits and interpretation, and judgment and decision making. There is also a chapter on values and ethics, which includes discussion of professionalism and moral development. Part III
explores teaching and facilitation with discussions on behavior and development, group development, challenge course leadership, and experiential education. Part IV
explores resource and program management with discussions on parks and protected areas, environmental stewardship, program design, safety and risk management, and expedition planning.
Through its learning activities, its numerous practical examples, and its step-by-step portfolio development, Outdoor Leadership: Theory and Practice
will help you improve your abilities as an outdoor leader. Contents:
Introduction: Building Core CompetenciesPart I. Foundations of Outdoor LeadershipChapter 1.
The Journey Begins
What Is Outdoor Leadership?
Understanding Leadership in Outdoor Education and Recreation
Selected ReferencesChapter 2.
History of Outdoor Leadership
Dude Ranches and Guide Services
Organized Camping Movement
Outward Bound Movement
Professionalization of Outdoor Leadership
Selected ReferencesChapter 3.
Elements of a Profession
Places That Use Outdoor Leaders
Selected ReferencesPart II. Outdoor Leadership TheoryChapter 4.
Theories of Leadership
History of Leadership
Early Leadership Theories
Transactional Versus Transformational Leadership
Contemporary Leadership Theories
Selected ReferencesChapter 5.
Leadership in Practice
Selected ReferencesChapter 6.
Judgment and Decision Making
Decision Making and Leadership Styles
Selected ReferencesChapter 7.
Values and Ethics
Values and Ethics in Outdoor Leadership
Six Stages of Moral Development
Ethic of Care and Ethic of Justice
Professionalism in Outdoor Leadership
Model for Ethical Decisions
Selected ReferencesPart III. Teaching and FacilitationChapter 8.
Goals of Facilitation
Challenges in Facilitation
Developing Facilitation Skills
Selected ReferencesChapter 9.
Facilitating Personal Development
Nature of Human Development
Theories of Human Development
Considerations for Outdoor Leadership
Selected ReferencesChapter 10.
Facilitating Group Development
Group Development Theory
Process of Group Development
Selected ReferencesChapter 11.
Challenge Course Leadership
Challenge Course Profession
Challenge Course Programs
Key Leadership Functions
Selected ReferencesChapter 12.
Outdoor Teaching Techniques
Selected ReferencesPart IV. Resource and Program ManagementChapter 13.
Parks and Protected Areas Management
General Concepts in Natural Resource Management
Federal Parks and Protected Areas Management
Wilderness and Backcountry Areas
State and Municipal Parks and Protected Areas Management
Using Parks and Protected Areas
Selected ReferencesChapter 14.
Environmental Preservation Through Education
Leave No Trace
Selected ReferencesChapter 15.
Selected ReferencesChapter 16.
Safety and Risk Management
Practical Aspects of Risk Management
Legal Aspects of Risk Management
Process of Risk Management
Judgment and Decision Making in Risk Management
Selected ReferencesChapter 17.
About the AuthorsAudiences:
Textbook for introductory outdoor leadership courses at the undergrad level. Reference for outdoor recreation professionals. Resource for outdoor recreation and outdoor education faculty who teach outdoor leadership theory and practice in a variety of courses beyond outdoor leadership courses.
Author: Bruce Martin, PhD,Christine Cashel, EdD,Mark Wagstaff, EdD,Mary Breunig, MS,