Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Highlights of the 1996 Research Roundtable

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Highlights of the 1996 Research Roundtable

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The National Recreation and Park Association Research Roundtable has been growing and evolving over the past several years. In 1996, the task of the Roundtable was to establish a national research agenda for the parks, recreation, and leisure services profession. Prior to the actual Roundtable gathering, a panel of experts engaged in a Delphi study and identified various items to be included on a national research agenda. Through this process, the list was narrowed from 117 to eight of the most important issues to be included on a national research agenda.

At the Research Roundtable held at the 1996 NRPA Congress for Recreation and Parks, 85 participants addressed these eight issues and discussed related issues, research questions, methods, and processes of conducting specific research. The eight items identified as most important to the profession included:

1. The role of leisure in addressing social change and issues

2. Recreation and economic development: Is the experience or profit the bottom line?

3. Outcomes of active recreation and leisure on mental and physical health

4. The contribution of recreation services to the development of life skills (physical, social, cognitive, etc.)

5. The types of evidence that persuade public officials to support public recreation programs through public revenues

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