Theming, Co-Creation, and Quality of Structured Experiences at Camp

Gary D. Ellis, Jingxian Jiang, Andrew Lacanienta, Mark Carroll

Abstract


Lacanienta and his colleagues (2018) recently reported results of a study of the effect of themes on quality of experience of youths during summer camp activities. Existing literature suggested that theming activity sessions would have a strong main effect. Results, though, revealed an activity-by-theme interaction effect, i.e., themes seem to be effective in some activities but not others. In this follow-up study, we describe results of a secondary analysis revealing significant new insights regarding theme. Adding an indicator of campers’ co-created, lived-experience theme into the models tested substantially clarified how objective theme, lived-experience theme, and activity interact in influencing the quality of structured experiences. This study, then, underscores the importance of including measures of participants’ co-created lived experience as we seek to understand techniques that can be used to enhance the quality of youths’ structured camp experiences.


Keywords


co-creation; experience quality; deep-structured experience; theme; theory of structured experience

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2019.651

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