Transparent nature guiding. A study on nature guides understanding of- and experience with transparent nature guiding
AuthorWilkens, René Kongsgaard
The main purpose of this study was to explore how transparent nature guiding is understood and practiced by experienced nature guides. In the context of nature guiding; transparent guiding and transparent nature guiding is articulated, but little elaborated and theorised. Therefore, the goal is to add new knowledge and understanding on transparent nature guiding. In the theoretical framework, literature of; nature-based tourism, friluftsliv, leadership in nature and transparency, was reviewed. The literature review showed, that limited research has been done in the aspects of nature guiding, transparency in nature guiding and transparent leadership in nature. With the aim of adding new knowledge to the understanding and practice of transparent nature guiding, the following research questions were investigated and analysed: 1. How do nature guides understand transparent nature guiding? 2. What are their experiences of transparent nature guiding in their work as a nature guide? The data collection for this study was conducted by a semi-structured interview survey of 5 experienced nature guides. The interviews made a foundation for an interpretative analysis. The analysis showed that transparent nature guiding is about sharing knowledge, experience and competence to create understanding of situations and decisions which can enhance both the safety and the experience. Furthermore, it can create a ‘common project’, where the tourists and the guide together make the adventure. Both an effect and a necessity for transparent nature guiding showed to be the building of trust and community. The analysis showed similarities and connections between transparent nature guiding, friluftsliv and ecotourism, where learning and educating is regarded as foundational. It seems that transparent nature guiding use the elements of education and learning to enhance safety and experience for the tourists, where the need of guiding experience is emphasised. This study has laid the foundation for the understanding of transparent nature guiding, and is a contribution to the recent studies on the role of the nature guide. However, further study is desirable for further adequate elucidation of this subject.
PublisherUiT The Arctic University of Norway
UiT Norges arktiske universitet
The following license file are associated with this item:
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
An interannual study of foraging behaviour in sympatrically breeding macaroni Eudyptes chrysolophus and chinstrap penguins Pygoscelis antarcticus at Bouvetøya Narvestad, Audun (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2019-08-15)Species are likely to segregate their ecological niches to minimize competition for resources, but for centrally foraging predators that breed on sub-Antarctic islands in the Southern Ocean the possibility of niche segregation may be minimal. This study is the first to examine the spatial and trophic aspects of the foraging niche of sympatrically breeding macaroni and chinstrap penguins at the ...
Engi, Daniel (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2021-06-01)Invasive infection by multidrug-resistant Enterococcus faecium is increasingly becoming a healthcare concern. Few studies have addressed whether and how clinical E. faecium strains are able to outcompete commensal strains. This thesis aimed to characterize the in vitro competition between commensal and clinical E. faecium strains with respect to growth inhibition exerted by bacteriocins produced by ...
Baadshaug, Ole (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2018-06-29)Moving icebergs represent a major problem for shipping, as well as for oil and gas installations in ice infested waters. To be able to take actions against hazardous icebergs, it is necessary to develop models for prediction of iceberg drift trajectories. Many models have been developed in order to do so, using different approaches. These approaches can be divided into two main categories, dynamic ...