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Research Interests


My research interests span the fields of outdoor, adventure, and environmental education. I select topics based on relevance and to best inform my teaching.

I'm presently involved in projects regarding (a) learning transfer and transformational learning, (b) the decision-making of backcountry skiers and snowboarders in avalanche terrain, (c) evaluation of the teaching effictiveness of various outdoor teaching techniques, and (d) the place attachment gained through adventure education.
My masters work measured climber impacts on the Regular Northwest Face Route of Half Dome and my dissertation regarded the learning transfer of expedition behvaior skills in a from NOLS course to life post-course.

Select Publications

Furman, N., Shooter, W., & Schumann, S. (2010). The roles of heuristics, avalanche forecast, and risk propensity on the decision-making of backcountry skiers. Leisure Sciences, 32, 453-469. View here.

Paisley, K., Furman, N., Sibthorp, J., & Gookin, J. (2008). Student learning in outdoor education: A case study from the National Outdoor Leadership School. Journal of Experiential Education 30(3), 201-222. View here.

Paisley, K., Sibthorp, J., Gookin, J., Furman, N., & Schumann, S. (2008). Predictors of participant development though adventure education: Replication and extension of previous findings from NOLS. Research in Outdoor Education, 9, 60-74.

Sibthorp, J., Paisley, K., Furman, N., & Gookin, J. (2008) Long-term impacts attributed to participation in adventure education: Preliminary findings from NOLS. Research in Outdoor Education, 9, 86-102. View here.

Sibthorp, J., Paisley, K., Gookin, J., & Furman, N. (2008). The pedagogic value of student autonomy in adventure education. Journal of Experiential Education 31(2), 136-151. View here.

Haas, C. & Furman, N. (2008). Operation recreation: Adventure challenge: Teaching programming through problem-based learning theory. Schole: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education. 23, 60-65. View here.

Furman, N. (2007). Rock climbing impacts on the granite of Yosemite National Park and their implications for the sandstone of Zion National Park. Journal of Recreation and Leisure, November, 2007. View here.

Select Presentations

Saxman, B., Jordan, S., Furman, N. (2010). Mentoring strategies in outdoor education. Annual Conference of the Association in Outdoor Recreation and Education, Keystone, CO. View here.

Shooter, W. & Furman, N. (2010). Controlled or automated: Dual process decision-making for outdoor leaders. International Conference of the Association of Experiential Education, Las Vegas, NV. View here.

Furman, N. & Sibthorp, J. (2010). The effects of a treatment curriculum on the learning transfer of prosocial behavior in adventure education. Outdoor Leadership Research Symposium, Estes Park, CO. View here.

Furman, N., Erpelding, M., & Zimmer, T. (2009). The role of heuristic-based decision-making in outdoor education: A two-sided debate. Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education. Minneapolis, MN. View here.

Rose, J., Paisley, K., Sibthorp, J., Furman, N., & Gookin, J. (2009). Adventure education learning mechanisms across populations: Qualitative results from the National Outdoor Leadership School. AORE, Minneapolis, MN. View here.

Schumann, S., Furman, N., & Shooter, W. (2009). The effect of decision-making factors, risk taking propensity, and environmental conditions on predicted decision-making in hazardous terrain. SEER Research Symposium, Montreal, Canada. View here.

Furman, N., Sibthorp, J., Schumann, S., Paisley, K., & Gookin, J. (2008). Learning transferable lessons from adventure education: Qualitative results from a NOLS transfer survey. AORE Research Symposium, San Diego, CA.View here.

Sibthorp, J., Paisley, K., Furman, N., & Gookin, J. (2008, January) Long-term impacts attributed to participation in wilderness education: Preliminary findings from NOLS (abstract). CEO, Martinsville, IN View here.

Furman, N., Erpelding, M., & Zimmer, T. (2008). An investigation of Gardner’s multiple intelligences theory. AORE Research Symposium, San Diego, CA. View here.

Furman, N., D'Amboise, S., Kucera, K., Marzo, K., & Mills, E. (2008). Exploring experiential education from the vantage point of lifelong outdoor educators. Rocky Mountain Association of Experiential Education. Gunnison, CO. View here.

Furman, N. (2007). Rock climbing impacts on the granite of Yosemite National Park and their implications for the sandstone of Zion National Park. Intermountain Leisure Symposium, Provo, UT. View here.

Sibthorp, J., Paisley, K., Gookin, J., & Furman, N. (2007). The pedagogic role of participant autonomy in adventure-based programming (abstract). NRPA Leisure Research Symposium, Indianapolis, IN. View here.

Furman, N., Paisley, K., Sibthorp, J., & Gookin, J. (2006). Student learning in outdoor education: A case study from the National Outdoor Leadership School. AORE Research Symposium, Boise, ID. View here.

Published Abstracts

Rose, J., Paisley, K., Sibthorp, J., Furman, N., & Gookin, J. (2010). Adventure education learning mechanisms across populations: Qualitative results from the National Outdoor Leadership School. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 2(2), 16-18. View here.

Furman, N. & Sibthorp, J. (2010). The effects of a treatment curriculum on the learning transfer of prosocial behavior in adventure education. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 2(2), 9-11. View here.

Schumann, S., Furman, N., & Shooter, W. (2009). The effect of decision-making factors, risk takingpropensity, and environmental conditions on predicted decision-making in hazardous terrain. Journal of Experiential Education, 32(3), 280-284. View here.

Paisley, K., Sibthorp, J., Gookin, J., Furman, N., & Schumann, S. (2008, January). Predictors of participant development though adventure education: Replication and extension of previous findings from NOLS (abstract). Abstracts from the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Research Symposium, (p. 15-17). Martinsville, IN. View here.

Sibthorp, J., Paisley, K., Furman, N., & Gookin, J. (2008, January) Long-term impacts attributed to participation in wilderness education: Preliminary findings from NOLS (abstract). Abstracts from the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Research Symposium, (p. 115-117). Martinsville, IN. View here.

Furman, N., Sibthorp, J., Schumann, S., Paisley, K., & Gookin, J. (2008). Learning transferable lessons from adventure education: Qualitative results from a NOLS transfer survey (abstract). Conference Proceedings of the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education Research Symposium. San Diego, CA.

Sibthorp, J., Paisley, K., Gookin, J., & Furman, N. (2007). The pedagogic role of participant autonomy in adventure-based programming (abstract). NRPA Leisure Research Symposium. (pp. 254-257). Indianapolis, IN. View here.

Furman, N., Paisley, K., & Sibthorp, J. (2006). Student learning on expedition-based outdoor education courses (abstract). In W. Taylor, G. Kay, T. Coates, G. Hanley, L. Morgan, & B. Wolfe (Eds.), Proceedings and Research Symposium Abstracts of the 20th Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education Conference. (pp. 142-144). Whitmore Lake, MI: Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education.

Peer Reviewer
Journal of Experiential Education: 2008-present
Journal of Untraditional Parks, Tourism, and Recreation: 2008-present
Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership: 2009-present
Association of Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Education, Research Symposium: Fall, 2009
Leisure Sciences field reviewer, 2010-present



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