Women outdoor leaders: a narrative study
LE3 .A278 2004
Master of Education
This narrative study explores how four women have come to know themselves as leaders in the outdoor context. Using a variety of media, four women, myself included, corresponded over a period of six months, sharing our stories and definitions of leadership. Initial and final interviews were conducted and email was the method of correspondence. This thesis has evolved as a story, grounded in a narrative approach and built on a foundation of existing literature. This study includes reflection on these women's past experiences, an indication of their present mindset, and incorporates where they see themselves in the future. The story, which represents the lives of four women, has several things to teach. In terms of outdoor leadership, it validates that women are unique and their stories need to be told as individual, rather than comparable journeys. It presents an alternative to applying one definition of leadership and examines leadership as an individual process for the four women involved. Through narrativeinquiry, I consider these women's development as outdoor leaders within the context of their lives. I suggest that the power of the story lies with its ability to move readers. As a final product, this thesis is an example of how creativity can capture the essence of lived experience, in this case, the lived experience of four women on their paths to developing as outdoor leaders.
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