The purpose of this study was to explore the development of judgment and decision making competency among novice outdoor leaders participating in a Wilderness Education Association National Standards Program course. Specifically, the study focused on two aspects of decision making: (1) contextual variables that influenced decisions of course participants and (2) the nature of the process used to make decisions. While judgment and decision-making were conceptualized in terms of the dual-processes approach (Evans, 2008; Kahneman, 2003; Reyna, 2004), data were collected and analyzed using naturalistic research methods (Lincoln & Guba, 1985; Patton, 1990). After data analysis participant readiness, physical safety, environmental impact, group cohesion, and educational mindset were identified as significant variables in the participants’ decision-making process during the course. Implications for theory and practice are considered.
& Parker, M.
An Exploration of Judgment and Decision Making among Novice Outdoor Leaders: A Dual-Processes Approach.
Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 1(1).