Program-Based Research


As the challenge course industry continues to grow and as the field matures, the need for documentation of the efficacy of challenge course usage increases.  

ACCT does not conduct research, but does seek to connect the research data collected with those operating challenge courses.

Many research based articles on challenge courses and other facets of experiential education have also been published in the following….

  • Journal of Experiential Education (JEE)
  • Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership (JOREL)
  • Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning (JAEOL)
  • Journal of Leisure Research
  • Therapeutic Recreation Journal
  • Google Scholar

*Please note that ACCT does not endorse or sponsor any of these research studies.

  • Search the internet
  • Use various keywords (i.e. Challenge course, ropes course…)
  • Review the reference/citations used in articles you already have.
  • Community Library - talk with a librarian, access journals through their portals
  • School/University journal subscriptions - many universities already have access to journals and paid references. Check with your affiliates if access is possible. if your school. university doesn’t have access you may just need to ask.

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