The Affective Abilities of Australian Outdoor Leaders: A National Survey

Thank you very much for your willingness to participate in this research study. The purpose of this study is to learn more about your perceptions about the affective abilities (aka soft skills) used by leaders in outdoor experience provision. I hope to use the insights from this study to support the training and development of affective abilities. For more information about this study, please view or download the Participant Information Statement and Consent Form here or contact the Chief Investigator directly (see contact details below).
 
I am looking for people who are 18 or older and are working or have worked as a facilitator, leader, educator or employer in the outdoor sector in Australia. This includes all kinds of outdoor experience provision purposes (e.g., recreation, education, therapy, etc.).
 
You have accessed this survey via a generic web-link, so your responses are anonymous. Completing this online survey should take no longer than 10 minutes.
 
Taking part in this study is voluntary. Completion of the online survey is taken as implied consent, but you may withdraw from the survey at any time by closing the web browser or navigating away from the online survey. If you decide to discontinue the survey, your data will not be kept; responses will only be retained upon your submission of the survey. However, once you have submitted the survey, I will not be able to withdraw your responses as the survey is anonymous.
 
Upon completion of your survey, you will be asked to provide an email address in order to enter the draw for 1 of 4 prizes. This is completely voluntary, and your contact details will be used for no other purpose other than to select a winner.  All contact information will be destroyed at the completion of the study.

This study is proudly supported by the Australian Camps Association and Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Victoria State Government.

This research has been reviewed and approved by the Torrens University Australia Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have any complaints or concerns about the research study, please email ethics@laureate.net.auor phone +61 82535801 quoting the number 40/18.
 
Many thanks for contributing to this study!
 
Dr. Mandi Baker
Lamped Research
Blue Mountains, NSW
+61 407 729 001
getlamped@gmail.com

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* 1. What is your sex?

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* 2. What is your age?

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* 3. What state do you or did you most frequently work as an outdoor leader?

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* 4. What is your region/country of origin?

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* 5. What outdoor leader qualifications do you have?

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* 6. In what capacity do you fulfil your role?

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* 7. How many years have you worked as an outdoor leader?

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* 8. How much training do you do in a year (include on-site, currency, etc. training)?

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* 9. What kind of outdoor experiences do you (mainly/usually) deliver? Tick as many as relevant.

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* 10. What role do you currently hold?

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* 11. What is the size of the camp you currently work at?

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* 12. How would you define the site/organisation you work for? Tick all that are relevant.

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* 13. How important do you think the following affective abilities are for your ability to deliver a meaningful outdoor experience? (1 = not important, 5 = extremely important)

  Not important Somewhat Important Important Very Important Extremely Important
Role modelling
Facilitating personal connections between participants
Building/maintaining relationships with others
Managing conflict
Decision making
Collaborating with others (peers, managers, stakeholders)
Communicating effectively
Managing one’s own emotions and values
Learning from experiences

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* 14. Think about an outdoor leader that you admire. Which of the following affective abilities do you admire most about them? You can tick up to 3.

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* 15. How much of your day as an outdoor leader draws/relies on your use of affective abilities (see question 13 for a full list while making your assessment)

0% 50% 100%
i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

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* 16. How often do you encounter the following situations?

  Never Seldom Occasionally Often Always
A participant is anxious, fearful, or overwhelmed
A participant is lonely, homesick, or left out
A participant refuses to take part, try an activity or complete an activity
A participant over-estimates their abilities
Participants disagree, have conflict or have an argument/fight
Participants don’t work well together
Environmental factors significantly alter program
Your peers disagree with you
Your peers don’t follow your or others’ directions
Your peers don’t perform their work satisfactorily
Stakeholders’ expectations are unreasonable
You have to ignore or manage your own wants/needs to deliver a program
You call on the help of others

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* 17. What situation draws on your affective abilities (soft skills) most? Tick all that are relevant (to a maximum of 5).

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* 18. Thinking of the situations you ticked in question 16, which abilities are most needed/used in addressing/responding to those situations? Tick up to 3.

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* 19. Tick each of the situations you have personally encountered in your outdoor leader career so far. Tick all that are relevant.

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* 20. Think about one of the hardest situations you have been in as an outdoor leader. Which affective abilities did you use most during the incident? Tick all that apply

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* 21. In which affective abilities do you think outdoor leaders should receive training? Tick all that apply.

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* 22. If you would you like to be informed of the results of this survey, please add your email to the box below.

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