The hills are alive with … Many different folk! Rationalising and operationalising a professional judgment and decision making approach within mountain leadership

Carson, HJ ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3785-606X, Davies, NJ ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9889-1205 and Collins, L ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7478-1140 2020, 'The hills are alive with … Many different folk! Rationalising and operationalising a professional judgment and decision making approach within mountain leadership' , Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning , pp. 1-12.

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Access Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning on 23rd June 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14729679.2020.1784768.

Abstract

Growth in the adventure sector has increased the demands on adventure sport professionals. Satisfying a diverse range of participatory motivations, however, requires an adaptable and flexible workforce. In this discursive paper, we suggested that a narrowing of service skills caused by commodification and sportification are compounded by general (mis)perceptions of who best suits the adventure sector. Accordingly, this paper discussed two important implications for outdoor professionals to improve inclusivity standards. Specifically, using mountain leadership as an exemplar, we firstly, presented themes in connection with motivations and social dynamics. Secondly, we contextualised these themes against pertinent environmental challenges. Finally, we presented a decision making approach and its requisite planning and reflective skill-sets, designed to assist mountaineering professionals to negotiate the complexity presented by individualised service provision. We concluded that there are no simple solutions to these complex and multiple issues. Services require better alignment between epistemology and delivery via an epistemological chain.

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Additional Information: ** From Crossref via Jisc Publications Router **Journal IDs: pissn 1472-9679; eissn 1754-0402 **History: issued 23-06-2020; published_online 23-06-2020
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1472-9679
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Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2020 08:42
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2020 08:45
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/57501

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