Ropes Courses Help Build Group Cohesion, Resulting in More Effective Group Endeavors

Baker, Jeffrey (2010) Ropes Courses Help Build Group Cohesion, Resulting in More Effective Group Endeavors. [Abstract]

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Abstract

Ropes courses, also referred to as challenge courses, are ubiquitous today, particularly given their accessibility and suitability to a variety of educational, recreational, and therapeutic settings such as school districts, mental hospitals, and urban recreation programs. Analogous to obstacle courses, ropes courses consist of a series of physical and mental challenges, many of which require individual and group focus, group problem solving and team building to complete. Group cohesion, defined as a measure of how well a group performs together, is essential to these performance tasks, particularly to be successful. This quantitative study examined whether ropes courses help groups form group cohesion. Subjects consisted of players from the Fort Lewis College baseball team. The baseball team, consisting of a majority of new players, was split into two study groups, one of which completed a low ropes course experience and the other of which did not. Each person (from both groups) was surveyed three times for group cohesion using the Group Cohesion Evaluation Questionnaire (GCEQ). Results imply that the group participating in the low ropes course had exponentially increased their cohesion, while the other group showed little to no increase. This suggests ropes courses have the potential to contribute to group cohesion and should be considered when selecting group development interventions.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Additional Information: 5th Annual Natural & Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium Program
Uncontrolled Keywords: Group Cohesion Evaluation Questionnaire (GCEQ), Ropes Courses, Challenge Courses, Activity Programs In Education, Adventure Education, Team Building, Research, Outdoor Education, Fort Lewis College, Baseball, Sports, Athletes, Social Cohesion, Small Groups -- Research, Sports Teams, Group Identity, Experiential Learning, Adventure Therapy, Survival Skills, Problem Solving Skills, Teamwork, Conduct Of Life, Leadership, Natural Environments, Wilderness Therapy, Rehabilitative, Outdoor-based Approaches, Wilderness Experience Programs
Subjects: School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Adventure Education
NBS Symposium
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Alejandro Marquez
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2013 08:44
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2013 08:44
URI: http://eprints.fortlewis.edu/id/eprint/388


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