The Development of Ecological Literacy among Novice Outdoor Leaders Abstract Professional outdoor leaders play a central role in educating the public to use outdoor recreation areas in an environmentally responsible manner. Yet little research exists regarding the preparation of outdoor leaders to fulfill this role. To help fill this void in the literature, this study examined the development of several elements of ecological literacy among novice outdoor leaders, specifically, knowledge of environmental impacts resulting from outdoor recreation activities, a sense of self-efficacy in mitigating these impacts through education, and intended continued involvement in the field of outdoor leadership. The sample consisted of participants in courses offered by the Wilderness Education Association (WEA) May through October 2007. Results showed statistically significant increases in knowledge of Leave No Trace (LNT) principles and self-efficacy in teaching environmental ethics. However, results showed a decrease in intention to pursue further development in outdoor leadership.
Hartman, M. W.,
Mittelstaedt, R. D.,
& Bower, D.
The Development of Ecological Literacy among Novice Outdoor Leaders.
Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 1(2).