NOLS Research Program 1995 Progress Report

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This research project was jointly funded by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), USFS Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, and University of Montana. The project studied changes in students’ behavior, intentions, and attitudes, as they pertain to the environment, resulting from participation in NOLS’ Wind River Wilderness course, a 30-day backpacking expedition. It was hypothesized that an increase in these concerns would result from the metaphoric transference of minimumimpact ideology to daily life. Prominent theories from the fields of social psychology and environmental education (EE) relating attitudes, intentions, behavior, and its determinants were incorporated into the theoretical framework of the study.

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