Increasing Diversity among Students in Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Studies Curricula: A Case Study

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Leandra A. Bedini, Professor (Creator)
Charlsena F. Stone, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Much has been written about increasing the cultural competence of students in recreation, parks, and leisure studies curricula. Little has been written, however: about how these programs can increase the actual number of individuals from underrepresented groups. This article discusses the reasons for problems in recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups in higher education. Data -specific to recreation, parks and leisure studies curricula are also presented. Additionally, the paper outlines the conceptual background and actual components of a case example that successfully increased the number of African American students in a therapeutic recreation program by 23% over four years. Finally, this article will offer specific recommendations and strategies gleaned from the case example as well as from the literature for ways to improve the contextual conditions of a department or institution in order to not only recruit but also retain students from underrepresented populations.

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Bedini, L. A., Stone, C. F., & Phoenix, T. L. (2000). Increasing diversity among students in recreation, parks, and leisure studies curricula: A case study. Schole: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education, 15, 47-62.
Language: English
Date: 2000
diversity, underrepresented students, students of color, Mentors

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