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September / October 2023



AJHE: American Journal of Health Education

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Free Access Article
The Effects of an Adventure Education Pilot Study on Social Emotional Learning, Resilience, and Physical Activity among High School Students

– Brandon Albedry, Lillie Ammons, Michele W. Marenus, Dianna Hammoud, Danny Jandali, Mark Chrzanowski & Weiyun Chen

Background: Research on the effects of adventure education lessons on social emotional skills (SEL), psychological outcomes, and physical activity (PA) is limited.

Purpose: This study assessed the effectiveness of adventure education lessons in improving high school students’ SEL competencies, resilience, and PA.

Methods: 95 10th grade students (mean age = 15 ± .56) enrolled in a 90-minute adventure education class 2–3 times a week for 15 weeks during the winter/spring semester of 2022. Questionnaires measured SEL, resilience, and PA at pre- and posttest, while open-ended questionnaires were collected at the end of the semester. Data analysis involved descriptive statistics, paired t-tests, and constant comparison techniques.

Results: Results indicated significant increases in the total SEL scale (t = −2.00, p = .050), self awareness (t = −2.07, p = .043), self-management (t = −2.67, p = .010), resilience (t = 5.69, p < .001), and vigorous PA (t = −4.13, p < .001) levels over time. Qualitative analysis revealed adventure education promotes communication, teamwork, and building transferrable skills leading to intra and interpersonal growth.

Discussion: High school students saw improvements in SEL, resilience, and physical activity after participating in a semester-long adventure education curriculum.

Translation to Health Education Practice: The adventure education is useful in improving students’ SEL skills, developing resilience, and promoting PA.


An Experiential Learning Program to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity at an Australian Children’s Museum: Formative Research with Caregivers and Staff


Caregivers’ reports of the complex impacts of the pandemic on family food and physical activity behaviors by race, ethnicity, urbanicity, and income


Visualized analysis of research publications on physical activity among higher education students


Reducing Opioid Reliance in Veterans Using a Whole Health Education and Shared Medical Appointment Care Model


Effect of Wellness Education on Students' Physical Activity and Quality of Life in the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Randomized Controlled Study


Animal-Assisted Intervention on College Campuses: Graduate Student Perspectives Regarding the Need, Benefits, and Availability of Programming