The Status of Leisure Education: Implications for Instruction, and Practice

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Leandra A. Bedini, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Responsible preparation of therapeutic recreation professionals must include knowledge. and opportunities for students to acquire identified competencies of professional practice. Of the many competencies identified as important in the therapeutic recreation field leisure education is consistently noted. There is little agreement, however, over what we should call it, how we should provide it, what it should encompass, and how future practitioners should be prepared for it. Although many sources have suggested solutions for these dilemmas, only a few studies have first viewed the actual status of leisure education either in higher education or in practical settings. Understanding the status of leisure education in both these settings can be helpful to understanding the needs and potential directions of leisure education instruction and practice in the future. The purpose of this paper was to determine the current status of leisure education instruction within higher education as well as in practical therapeutic recreation settings. Additionally, it discusses pertinent issues and implications relevant to the problems cited above.

Additional Information

Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 24 (1), 40-49.
Language: English
Date: 1990
Leisure Education, Professional Preparation, Professional Competencies, Therapeutic recreation

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