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women guides
women adventure instructors
Women / Females
women in adventure
Association of Canadian Mountain Guides
women outdoor careers
outdoor education
adventure tourism
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University of Alberta
Author or creator
Parks, Brenda E.
Supervisor and department
Fox, Karen (Physical Education and Recreation)
Examining committee member and department
Trimble, Linda (Political Science)
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Halpenny, Elizabeth (Physical Education and Recreation)
Walker, Gordon (Physical Education and Recreation)
Physical Education and Recreation
Recreation and Leisure Studies
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Master of Arts
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The purpose of this research was to develop a deeper understanding of women who are pursuing careers as Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). This study invited eight women to participate in semi-structured interviews. A narrative inquiry was deemed the most appropriate method that “people by nature lead storied lives and tell stories of those lives, whereas researchers describe such lives, collect and tell stories of them, and write narratives of experiences” (Connelly & Clandinin, 1990, p. 2). Connelly’s and Clandinin (2000) three-dimensional narrative framework was used to guide the narrative analysis. The analysis was conducted in collaboration with the participants, therefore the women helped to write their narratives. The women’s narratives provided insight into the relationship of the ACMG and its female members. Five themes emerged: establishing oneself as an ACMG guide, challenges of the examination process, perceptions towards women guides, balancing of personal life/motherhood with career, and future goals
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