Public Administration of Park and Recreational Services

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Administrative Research in Recreational Service

P UBLIC recreational service has reached that stage of development in which research is recognized as a recquisite to further growth. Recreational service has now become an important concern of government and large funds are being expended in its behalf. Many expensive mistakes have been made and are being made because of the scarcity of scientifically collected information, recorded experience, and the knowledge necessary to interpret whatever has been collected. Research is required to promote better understanding of the fundamental objectives of public recreational service, the bases for the formulation of recreational programs, the processes of leadership and guidance in recreational activities, and the efficacy of various forms of organization and procedure. Much of the research needed is of a highly specialized academic character which must be conducted by specialists in several scientific fields. On the other hand, much of it is of immediate practical nature closely related to administrative operations and so may be considered an appropriate and important function of administration.

All well-established public recreational service agencies conduct research from time to time, if not continually, and occasionally avail themselves of the findings of agencies which are organized to provide research

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