Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Recreation Programming Practices. (Leisure and Recreation)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Recreation Programming Practices. (Leisure and Recreation)

Article excerpt

Quality recreation programs are an essential component of the leisure services industry (Edgington & Neal, 1983; LaPage, 1983). Participation in recreation programs can lead to desirable outcomes such as personal development, self-efficacy, wellness, and resiliency. The extent to which these outcomes are realized is often directly related to recreation program quality. Although numerous textbooks focus on recreation programming (e.g., Rossman & Schlatter, 2000), most are written from a best practices perspective, which suggests that the models put forth lack the empirical support necessary for a credible body of knowledge. The purpose of this study was to improve this knowledge base by examining recreation programming practices by programmers and administrators. Specific research questions included: (a) Where are ideas obtained for new programs? (b) What term best describes the people served by agencies? (c) Do programmers and administrators perceive the steps of the Program Development Cycle (Rossman & Schla tter, 2000) differently? (d) Do programmers and administrators differ in the amount of time spent on each step of the Program Development Cycle? A survey based on the leisure literature was mailed to Illinois Park and Recreation Association members. Completed surveys totaled 177 for a response rate of 53%. Descriptive statistics, chi-square tests, and independent samples t tests were used to analyze the data. …

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