The effect of an outdoor adventure programme with selected team-building and cultural activities on the personal effectiveness of students

  • Charl J. Roux
  • Natasha Janse van Rensburg
Keywords: Team building, personal effectiveness, outdoor adventure education.

Abstract

Students often find it difficult to adjust during the transition from high  school to higher education institutions (HEIs). Less than 15% of the  students enrolled in South African HEIs actually graduate, and numerous factors affect the success of students at HEIs. However, evidence suggests that outdoor adventure education (OAE) with experiential group-based activities can promote meaningful learning, retention, academic  achievement, social support and self-esteem in students. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of an outdoor adventure programme with selected team-building and indigenous cultural activities on the  personal effectiveness of students at a South African HEI in Gauteng  Province. On arrival (pre-test) at and on completion (post-test) of a 2-day camp, the Review of Personal Effectiveness with Locus of Control  (ROPELOC) instrument was employed to collect quantitative data from a cohort of multicultural university students (n=120). The findings revealed an increase in the overall effectiveness of students. Follow-up interventions are recommended to ensure its sustainability and retention.

Keywords: Team building, personal effectiveness, outdoor adventure education.

Published
2019-05-14
Section
Articles

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