The Theory of Play and Recreation

The Theory of Play and Recreation

The Theory of Play and Recreation

The Theory of Play and Recreation

Excerpt

This is a basic textbook for the introductory course in recreation. It aims to give the student a background in the history and significance of the play and recreation movement and to guide him in planning and implementing a community program.

The book describes the role of the play element, defines the attitudes toward and utilization of play in different civilizations, and traces the developments in those countries which have contributed significantly to the modern worldwide movement. It reviews and interprets different play theories for a better understanding of why people like and seek certain forms of activity. This analytical explanation affords a practical basis for the classification of activities in setting up and conducting programs. The need for play today is thoroughly investigated, with emphasis upon its importance in physical growth and development, in matters pertaining to health, and in the choice of leisure-time interests and hobbies.

The organization, administration, and promotion of public recreation and of school and community sports, youth agency activities, and camping programs are carefully covered. The book describes the areas, facilities, and equipment essential for these programs and sets up representative yearly, seasonal, weekly, and daily plans of scheduling. It also presents the responsibilities and contributions of public and private agencies for diversified areas in the total program, and delineates leadership standards for the profession, with suggestions on how they may be reached and possibly improved.

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