Schole: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education

Articles from Vol. 24, Annual

An Ethnographic Autobiography of a Short-Term Study Abroad Experience
Introduction Parks, recreation, and tourism students are increasingly facing a post-academic environment that requires a solid understanding in an extremely diverse array of disciplines. Students emerging from parks, recreation, and tourism programs...
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Creativity in the Classroom: Students "Picture" Serious Leisure
Introduction Serious leisure sounds like a contradiction; however, it has become an important leisure concept. Stebbins (1982) coined the term 'serious leisure' to explain a phenomenon which differentiates one type leisure from its non-serious,...
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Don't Just Talk about Needs Assessment in Recreation Programming, Do It!
Introduction Soliciting participant input before implementing a recreation program, service, or event is an accepted step in the program planning process (Allan, 2000; Edginton, Hudson, Dieser, & Edginton, 2004; "Recreation Program," 1953; Rossman...
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Enhanced Academic Advisement with Online Learning Management Systems
Introduction Often academic advisement is a central role and responsibility for faculty, particularly in programs that are housed in professional schools like recreation and leisure studies. In these cases, many faculty strive to use academic advisement...
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Event Management: An Experiential Learning Approach
Over the course of the past two years, an experiential learning course in event management, in which the students plan and execute a "real" event, has been modified and refined. The events have been significant in size and scope and have provided a...
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Examining Social Capital in the Conference Setting: A Case Study of College Student Participants
Introduction National Parks and Recreation Association (NRPA) Congress is a major annual conference in the field of Parks and Recreation in North America. One purpose is to bring professionals together to share and exchange ideas and to celebrate...
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Exploring Students' Experiences Learning Leisure Education through an Inter-University Virtual Learning Environment
During the 2007 Society of Recreation and Park Educators Conference, a session titled "Exploring Conversational Writing and Learning" was presented. The presenters described an initiative that involved students from two classes at Clemson University...
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Howling Wolves: Active Experiential Learning in Event Management
Introduction Disciplines like recreation, parks, and tourism face the constant pressure of teaching students the theories and concepts of the discipline as well as developing necessary practical skills. This concept is often referred to as the balancing...
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Perceptions of Ethical and Unethical Behavior in Recreation Research
Introduction Research is an integral component to the advancement of any profession. Through directed research efforts, professions establish unique bodies of knowledge that serve to further understanding of phenomenon and provide direction for...
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Reflective Self Study: A Tool for Understanding Leisure Behavior
Introduction The theory of constructivism suggests that individuals construct knowledge by incorporating personal experience into an existing theoretical framework (Brooks & Brooks, 1993). For example, teachers can facilitate experiences in...
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Scaffolding: A Promising Approach to Fostering Critical Thinking
Teaching students how to think rather than what to think is a primary goal of higher education (Daly, 2001; Kronholm, 1996; Myllykangas & Foose, 2007), yet many of our undergraduate students struggle when asked to engage in critical thinking. Thinking...
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Student Perceptions of Teacher Evaluations: A Proposed Model
Background Student Evaluations of Teachers (SETs) began in the 1920's (Doyle, 1983) and remain prevalent in most colleges and universities today. The use of SETs encompasses formative data for faculty such as course improvement (Hobson & Talbot,...
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The Tie That Binds? A Case Study of Student Perceptions of Their Recreation-Related Majors
Many college students begin their parks, recreation, tourism, therapeutic recreation, sports management, or outdoor recreation major (referred to hereafter as recreation-related major) with a narrow view of their academic path. These students usually...
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To Philosophize or Not to Philosophize: An Issue on Leisure Programming for Baby Boomers
Introduction Philosophy is a funny sort of thing; we say we use it, but in reality, we just are not sure what to do with it. In recreation and leisure studies, we study philosophy, write personal and professional philosophical statements, and often...
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Transforming the Classroom: Including Undergraduate Students in Program Evaluation
Introduction Student evaluations are used across university campuses as a measure of a teacher's ability to teach. Student standardized evaluations provide instructors with important feedback from the student's point-of-view and allow administrators...
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Video Assessment: A High Tech Approach to Teaching Leadership Skills in Recreation
The Use of Video Assessment to Teach Leadership Skills The importance of recreation leadership is evident by the national accreditation standards attached to this particular skill. As such, many universities require a leadership class as part of...
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