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Leading and teaching whitewater kayaking: Efficient outdoor leadership viewed from the Theory of Human Living Systems
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Outdoor education in Sweden is developing as a profession. With this follows the expectations and demands on leaders´ knowledge in theory and practice. Theoretical frameworks are shifting due to influences from diverse perspectives. Systems theory is one of these that is beginning to spread in various fields. This thesis is exploring outdoor leadership in the context of a whitewater kayaking camp, with the aim to describe and analyze the instructor led kayak sessions during the camp using the Theory of Human Living Systems (THLS). Using an ethnographical approach, the empirical data was gathered using participatory observations and interviews. The identified themes describe the development of functions and structures for work, leadership, teaching and outcomes. Efficient outdoor instructor behaviors can be defined by the degree that they are influencing the systems´ ability to discriminate and integrate differences in relation to the context. These behaviors are in turn described as a series of hypothesis in the format of forcefields based on the identified themes. It was also found relevant to use THLS to describe and analyze what happened during the whitewater kayaking camp.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 90
Keywords [en]
Efficient Outdoor leadership, Kayaking, Kayak instructor, Theory of human living systems, Ethnography, Forcefield, Discriminating and integrating differences, systems theory
Keywords [sv]
Ledarskap i friluftsliv, kajakpaddling, forskajak, etnografi, urskilja och integrera olikheter, systemteori
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-138779ISRN: LIU-IKK-MOE-D--17/001--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-138779DiVA, id: diva2:1114357
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Master program in Pedagogical Practices/Education with emphasis in Outdoor Didactics/Special Education
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Available from: 2018-04-26 Created: 2017-06-22 Last updated: 2018-04-26Bibliographically approved

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