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dc.contributor.advisorHarper, Nevin J.
dc.contributor.advisorKool, Richard
dc.contributor.advisorNoble, Michael-Anne
dc.contributor.authorBanavage, Meg Elise
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-09T20:08:24Z
dc.date.available2013-05-09T20:08:24Z
dc.date.issued2013-05-09
dc.date.submitted2013
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10170/590
dc.description.abstractTo examine possible links between biophilia (love for living systems) and outdoor adventure training, this study explored various emotional relationships participants developed during Hooksum Outdoor School on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Drawing from phenomenological psychology, ecopsychology, outdoor adventure training, and biophilia literature, I sought to answer the questions (1) if, and how, individuals develop emotional relationships with coastal environments; (2) what role the ocean plays in emotional change; (3) how individuals act in response to their relationships with the coast. Analysis included grouping themes from observation notes, questionnaires, and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of individual interviews. A focus was bringing the researcher into participants' lifeworlds as they experienced the program. Four individual participant stories demonstrate active relationship-building (1) within participants' inner selves; (2) between each other; (3) with the coastal environment. Findings contribute to recommendations for future research, providing insight into how program design can effectively address the biophilia tendency.en_US
dc.subjectbiophiliaen_US
dc.subjectecopsychologyen_US
dc.subjectInterpretative Phenomenological Analysisen_US
dc.subjectoutdoor adventure trainingen_US
dc.subjectPacific oceanen_US
dc.subjectphenomenological psychologyen_US
dc.titlePhenomenology in a wetsuit : understanding biophilia in pacific coastal environmentsen_US
dc.degree.nameM.A. in Environmental Education and Communicationen_US
dc.degree.levelMastersen_US
dc.degree.disciplineSchool of Environment and Sustainabilityen_US


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