Recreation and leisure is a nonstop industry with phenomenal growth, tremendous potential, and diverse career paths and options. Introduction to Recreation and Leisure presents a new-millennium view of this evolving field that
-presents historical, philosophical, and social aspects of the industry, which students can use to build their knowledge of the field;
-offers fresh insights to the standard treatment of community parks and recreation departments, youth and nonprofit agencies, commercial recreation, and tourism enterprises;
-describes how recreation provides fun, enriching, and educational programs and services for people of all ages;
-encompasses a variety of services, including recreational sports, outdoor activities, fitness and wellness, and arts and culture; and
-exposes students to the variety of career options available and supports them as they explore their interests and prepare for challenging careers in one of the leading industries of the 21st century.
Introduction to Recreation and Leisure is an ideal introductory text to the field, not only because of its complete coverage but also because of its unique voice. Written by 34 professors and professionals from the United States and Canada, this book offers the collective view of these eminent scholars, rising stars, and leading professionals. The result is a rich portrait of the field that also compares and contrasts the perspectives found in the two countries.
Introduction to Recreation and Leisure includes the following textbook features:
-Profiles of outstanding graduates and indicators for future directions in the field
-Web sites with links that provide access to real-world recreation
-Photos that illustrate the great variety of recreation and leisure
-Online instructor guide that presents an all-in-one, easy-to-implement support package complete with chapter overviews, discussion questions, objectives, and learning activities that interface with technology
-Presentation package of key points and illustrations
-Test package with multiple-choice, true-false, fill-in-the-blank, and short-answer questions
The book is divided into three parts. Part I provides students the foundational history, philosophy, and understanding of the field in relation to the individual and society. Part II introduces students to different sectors of the field, presenting the multifaceted delivery system through parks, public recreation, nonprofit organizations, commercial recreation and tourism, therapeutic recreation, and unique groups. Part III presents the different types of programming found in recreation and leisure services, including recreational sports; fitness, health, and wellness; outdoor and adventure recreation; and arts and culture. It includes career directions and ends with a chapter on the nature of recreation and leisure as a profession.
Introduction to Recreation and Leisure celebrates a multifaceted profession that has been one of the top three growth employment areas in the past 15 years. It provides foundational information and real-world connections to the profession, and it prepares students for their future in recreation and leisure.
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Robert F. Ashcraft, PhD, is director of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management and an associate professor in the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University. He has nearly 30 years of experience working in nonprofit leadership and management roles and in teaching students the theory and practical elements behind that work. Ashcraft served for 10 years on the national board of the YMCA of the USA and served as the youngest executive director of a local chapter in the American Red Cross. He is a board member of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council and has served as director and in many other capacities for American Humanics, Inc., an undergraduate nonprofit management education program based in Kansas City.
Lynn A. Barnett, PhD, is an associate professor in the Division of Recreation, Sport, and Tourism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where her research has focused on the play of children and young adults. For many years she has been teaching an upper-division course called Leisure in Human Development. Barnett is the author of numerous chapters and articles theorizing about play. She is a member of Play Research International and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).
John Byl, PhD, is a professor of physical education at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario. Byl has taught recreation and physical education and has coached for more than 25 years. He has authored, coauthored, or edited 10 books related to recreation, physical education, and games. He has a keen interest in understanding the impact of faith on one's daily life. Byl is president of CIRA Ontario and of Ontario's Active Living Rewards online program.
Gaylene Carpenter, EdD, is an associate professor and director of the Arts & Administration Program at the University of Oregon. She has taught leisure program theory for nearly 30 years at five different universities and has written numerous journal articles about arts and cultural programs for the past seven years. An active advocate of arts and cultural programs, she has served as academic coordinator for the Festival & Event Management Certificate Program at the University of Oregon. Carpenter received an Ovation Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Oregon Festivals and Events Association, and has also received awards for teaching innovation and excellence from the Society of Park & Recreation Educators. She is a member of the NRPA and the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA).
Fran Stavola Daly, EdD, CTRS, CPRP, is an associate professor at Kean University in New Jersey, where she coordinates the recreation administration program and the gerontology certificate program. A past president of the National Therapeutic Recreation Society (NTRS), Daly is on the board of trustees of the NRPA and has served on the NTRS board for since 1998. She has presented at more than 30 national, state, and local conferences on various topics. She has been president of the Metropolitan New York Recreation and Park Association, the public policy chair for the New Jersey Therapeutic Recreation section, and a cochair of the New Jersey Governor's Advisory Commission on Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities. Daly was selected as the 2004 Distinguished Professional of the Year by the New York State Therapeutic Recreation Association and 2003 Supervisor of the Year by the New Jersey Recreation and Park Society.
Paul F.J. Eagles, PhD, is a professor specializing in environmental planning at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Over the last 30 years Eagles has worked on a variety of planning projects with an emphasis on the planning and management of parks and protected areas. He has undertaken work in nature-based tourism in more than 25 countries. Since 1996 he has been chair of the Task Force on Tourism and Protected Areas for the World Commission on Protected Areas and of the World Conservation Union, based in Switzerland. Eagles has authored more than 300 publications in tourism, planning, management, and related areas, including coauthoring the book, Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas: Guidelines for Planning and Management.
Mary Rebecca Genoe, MA, is a PhD student in recreation and leisure studies at the University of Waterloo. She received her master's degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where her focus was on older men's leisure across the life span. Genoe has served as a research assistant at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, where she has explored rural Canada's supportiveness to seniors. Her interests are in leisure, aging and gender, and she hopes to pursue research in this area.
Maureen Glancy, PhD, has worked and taught in the field of recreation since she was a teenager. She received her doctorate in parks and recreation from Penn State University. Glancy has worked in nonprofit agencies, private organizations, and universities doing general programming, environmental education and adventure camping, management and marketing, and teaching all aspects of undergraduate and graduate education. As a professor, Maureen's special interest in research revolves around understanding how people organize their recreation and share the deeper meanings of the common leisure experience with others. Now retired, Maureen lives on the California coast building gardens, publishing the club newsletter for the Northern California Norwich and Norfolk Terrier Club, and training and showing Scarlett and Arlie (her two Norwich terriers) in shows and obedience trials. Because of her love of teaching, she continues to mentor graduate students and faculty, and she volunteers as a curriculum accreditation visitor for the NRPA.
B.J. Grosvenor, MS, is a lecturer and undergraduate coordinator in the department of recreation and leisure studies at San Jose State University in San Jose, California. As the primary instructor for the department's introductory course, she is well versed in the breadth and depth of material that needs to be covered in an introductory course and has developed strategies to facilitate knowledge acquisition in the classroom. Grosvenor has served on various boards for the California Park and Recreation Society and the California Board of Recreation and Park Certification. She has presented more than 35 various topics at regional and national conferences. Grosvenor received the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Therapeutic Section of the California Park and Recreation Society and the 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award from the department of recreation and leisure studies of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts at San Jose State University. She received a citation in 1998 for passage of SB 1347 State of California, Therapeutic Recreation Title Protection Act, awarded by the Therapeutic Section of the California Park and Recreation Society.
Mark E. Havitz, PhD, is a professor in the department of recreation and leisure studies at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He has more than 30 years of professional and academic experience with some of the top municipal recreation agencies in the United States and universities in the United States and Canada. He is a coauthor of The Diverse Worlds of Unemployed Adults: Consequences for Leisure, Lifestyles, and Well-Being, the first systematic exploration of leisure and unemployment in north America. Havitz is a member of the NPRA and the Canadian Association for Leisure Studies (CALS). In 2000, he was bestowed with the title of elected fellow by the Academy of Leisure Sciences.
Sara L. Hensley, MA, is director for the department of parks, recreation and neighborhood services for San Jose, California. She has served in similar positions in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Champaign, Illinois, and has spearheaded numerous projects in various cities to enhance more than 300 neighborhood parks and facilities. She also directed the development of national training facilities for the US Field Hockey Association and led the efforts for Virginia Beach in being selected as a Magnet Center for Sports Strategy by the NRPA. She has received multiple honors from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) and many other honors from local and state associations. A member of the NRPA since 1988, she has held numerous positions in various park and recreation organizations at the regional, state, and national levels, and has served as coeditor of various publications for the NRPA.
Jane Hodgkinson, MS, is the executive director of the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association, which has won two National Gold Medal Awards for its special recreation programs. She has spent more than 24 years heading special recreation associations in Illinois, and for two years she was the head of the Southern Illinois Special Olympics. Hodgkinson has also taught for two years at Southern Illinois University. She is the author of Guide for Running a Local Special Olympics Program, which explains how to run a local event. She is a recipient of the 1999 Robert Artz Award, the 1989 Illinois Park and Recreation Association's Professional of the Year Award, the Outstanding Woman Leader Award from DuPage County. Hodgkinson is a founding board member of the Illinois Special Olympics and past president of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association. She is a member of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association, the NRPA, and the AAPRA.
Stephen M. Holland, PhD, is an associate professor and department chair in the department of tourism, recreation and sport management at the University of Florida. He has worked as a National Park Service ranger and has taught undergraduate and graduate classes on outdoor recreation and ecotourism for 20 years. Holland has conducted more than $1 million of funded research on parks, beaches, and outdoor recreation behavior activities. He is a 17-year leader of the National Outdoor Recreation and Rural Tourism Consortium held at Smoky Mountain National Park each September. Holland is a board member for the National Society for Park Resources and a member of the NRPA. He has published numerous articles and conducted research in five national park service areas, nine state parks, two national wildlife refuges, and public beach access locations. He has been awarded the William Penn Mott, Jr. Award for Excellence and a Service Award for board of director service by the National Society for Park Resources.
Lynn M. Jamieson, ReD, is chair and full professor in the department of recreation and park administration at Indiana University. Previously she served as curriculum coordinator of the recreation administration program at California Polytechnic State University and spent 12 years in administrative positions as a recreation administrator, with special emphasis on recreational sport management. She has coauthored four texts and more than 50 articles about various aspects of management in leisure services. Her special interests include sport and leisure policy development and violence in sports.
Andrew T. Kaczynski, MSc, is a PhD candidate in the department of recreation and leisure studies at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. His academic and professional interests focus on the marketing, financing, and management of park and recreation services and particularly on the use of these techniques and resources to facilitate social and economic benefits for communities and the individuals therein. His research has been published in the Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, Managing Leisure, and Leisure Sciences. Kaczynski is a member of the NRPA, the Society of Park and Recreation Educators (SPRE), the Canadian Association for Leisure Studies, the American Association for Leisure and Recreation (AALR), and Parks and Recreation Ontario.
Douglas Kennedy, EdD, CPRP, is professor and chair of the department of recreation and leisure studies at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. He has taught a course on history, philosophy, and trends of recreation and leisure for 17 years. He has spoken at numerous professional events nationally and internationally, addressing the critical events in the development of the recreation professors. Kennedy is a past chair of the NRPA/AALR Council on Accreditation, a past president of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society, and a delegation leader of the Uzbekistan National Youth Democracy Education Project. As part of that project, Kennedy wrote a series of documents that facilitated democracy education in Uzbekistan though work with local teachers on integrating principles of democracy in grade-school curricula. He is a member of SPRE and the Virginia Recreation and Park Society.
Robin Kunstler, ReD, CTRS, is a professor at the City University of New York. She has been a professor of therapeutic recreation for 24 years and has been in the field for more than 30 years. She wrote some of the first articles in therapeutic recreation on entrepreneurship (1983), the homeless (1991), the naturally occurring retirement community (2001), and hepatitis C (2004). Kunstler has taught therapeutic recreation courses on every population and aspect of therapeutic recreation. Several times each year at conferences she presents on cutting-edge topics in therapeutic recreation. Kunstler is a member of the National Therapeutic Recreation Society and the American Therapeutic Recreation Association.
Susan E. Markham-Starr, PhD, is an associate professor in the School of Recreation Management and Kinesiology at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. She has experience as a researcher about the history of the development of recreation services in Canada and as a practitioner and consultant in recreation and parks planning. She is president of the Canadian Association for Leisure Studies (CALS) and served as chair for both the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) editorial committee and the Wolfville Recreation Commission. Markham-Starr wrote the CPRA Research Policy and coedited its 50th-anniversary publication. She also wrote the City of Halifax Recreation Master Plan and is a member of CALS and World Leisure.
Donald J. McLean, PhD, is an associate professor in the department of recreation, park, and tourism administration at Western Illinois University–Quad Cities in Moline, Illinois. He has been teaching ethics classes since 1989. His interest in this area was spurred by practical experience gained through 12 years of coaching competitive rowing and founding rowing programs and clubs at the varsity, campus recreation, and community levels. He has presented papers on applied ethics at national conferences and served as guest editor for a special issue on applied ethics of the Journal of Applied Recreation Research. In his own leisure time, he enjoys golfing, traveling, and boating.
Robin Mittelstaedt, PhD, joined the recreation studies program faculty at Ohio University in 1991. She has served as coordinator of both the undergraduate and graduate recreation studies programs since 2001. Her research interests include the social psychology of leisure behavior, leisure research methods, and topics related to women's leisure. She has served as a reviewer for eight scholarly journals and as associate editor of Leisure/Loisir for six years. She has worked in numerous recreation positions, including being codirector of Summit Expedition, a mountaineering school in California; director of Parks and Recreation in Calif...
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