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Introduction to Recreation and Leisure 4th Edition With HKPropel Access

Introduction to Recreation and Leisure 4th Edition With HKPropel Access

$163.95 CAD


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    Introduction to Recreation and Leisure, Fourth Edition With HKPropel Access, presents a comprehensive view of the multifaceted, expansive field of recreation and leisure. This full-color text grounds students in the historical, philosophical, and social aspects of the industry. Community parks and recreation departments, nonprofit organizations, and commercial recreation and ecotourism enterprises are thoroughly explored. Students learn about various enriching educational programs and services for people of all ages.

    The contributing authors are more than 40 professors and professionals from across the globe—including the United States, Canada, Europe, Brazil, China, and Nigeria—who offer international perspectives on the recreation and leisure industries. The text illustrates the wide breadth of opportunities within this diverse profession and explores current issues in the world that have an impact on the field. The fourth edition offers the following new features:
    • Related online learning materials delivered through HKPropel that offer opportunities to engage with and better understand the content
    • Content that reflects the global impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has changed recreation and leisure experiences
    • Updated content on environmental sustainability, health and wellness, social equity, and quality of life
    • An expanded look at esports
    The book is organized into three parts. Part I provides the foundation of the industry, including an introduction, history, and philosophical concepts. Part II introduces various sectors and areas of the field. Part III presents the different types of programming found in recreation and leisure services. These interest areas include sport management; esports; health, wellness, and quality of life; outdoor and adventure recreation; and culture and the arts.

    Each chapter includes learning objectives that display the chapter’s important concepts. Also included in each chapter is an Outstanding Graduates sidebar that highlights a former student who has gone on to a successful career in the field, sharing insights and advice for those just starting out. A glossary is provided at the end of the text. Related online learning materials within HKPropel include chapter overviews, flash cards, On the Job learning activities, research prompts, and links to websites to explore. Chapter quizzes, which are automatically graded, may also be assigned to test comprehension of critical concepts.

    Introduction to Recreation and Leisure prepares students for success in the field. With insights and perspectives from top professionals and professors from around the globe, the text presents foundational concepts, delivery systems, and programming services that can spur future professionals to make a positive impact on society through recreation and leisure.

    Note: A code for accessing HKPropel is included with all new print books.


    Undergraduate textbook for recreation and leisure majors and minors.
    Part I. Foundations of Recreation and Leisure

    Chapter 1. Parks, Recreation, and Leisure: A Notable History and Promising Future
    Ellen O’Sullivan
    Welcome to the World of Parks, Recreation, and Leisure
    Adapted Evolution: From Public Good to Personal Consumption
    And Then, Along Came COVID-19
    Welcome to the Postpandemic Era: Essential, Blended, and Economic
    Significant Issues of the Postpandemic Era
    Less Visible Conditions With Serious Consequences
    Emerging Professional Roles for the Postpandemic Era
    The Vitality and Vibrancy of the Future of Parks, Recreation, and Leisure

    Chapter 2. History of Recreation
    Tristan Hopper, Jill Sturts, Douglas Kennedy, and Jerome F. Singleton
    Tracing the Roots of Leisure
    Development of Recreation in the United States
    Development of Recreation in Canada
    Current Trends Affecting Recreation and Leisure
    Similarities Between Canada and the United States

    Chapter 3. Philosophy and Leisure
    Donald J. McLean and Mary Sara Wells
    Why Does Philosophy Matter?
    Metaphysics and Leisure
    Epistemology and Leisure
    Logic and Leisure
    Aesthetics and Leisure
    Ethics and Leisure
    Contemporary Philosophy of Leisure
    Solving Ethical Dilemmas in Leisure Services

    Chapter 4. Leisure and Recreation for Individuals in Society
    Juan Tortosa Martínez, Daniel G. Yoder, and Mary Sara Wells
    Leisure as a Complex Social Phenomenon
    Similarity and Diversity in Recreation and Leisure
    Gender and Sexual Orientation
    Ethnicity and Race
    Socioeconomic Status
    Benefits and Constraints of Leisure
    Good and Bad Leisure and Recreation
    Implications for Professionals

    Part II. Leisure and Recreation as a Multifaceted Delivery System

    Chapter 5. Leisure Service Delivery Systems
    David N. Emanuelson and Mary Sara Wells
    Private Sector
    Private-Sector Leisure Service Delivery Systems
    Nonprofit Sector
    Nonprofit-Sector Leisure Service Delivery Systems
    Public Sector
    Municipal Public-Sector Leisure Service Delivery Systems
    Professional Preparation for Leisure Service Delivery
    Professional Accreditation

    Chapter 6. Parks and Protected Areas in Canada and the United States
    Paul F.J. Eagles and Jeffrey C. Hallo
    History of Parks in Canada
    Park Systems of Canada
    History of Parks in the United States
    Park Systems of the United States
    International Treaties and Protected Area Designations and Parks
    Comparing Canada and the United States
    Career Opportunities
    Challenges and Trends for the 21st Century

    Chapter 7. Public Recreation

    Public Parks and Recreation in the United States and Canada
    Mary Sara Wells
    Historical Overview of Public Recreation in the United States
    Historical Overview of Public Recreation in Canada
    Delivery Systems in Public Recreation
    Partnerships: Connections to the Community
    Faces of Public Recreation
    Chameleon Profession: Ever-Changing Societal Issues and Needs
    Political Realities: No Pain, No Gain
    Benefits of Recreation

    Inclusive Recreation
    Terry Long
    Building Blocks of Inclusion
    Defining Inclusion
    Specialized Programs

    Chapter 8. Nonprofit Sector
    Robert F. Ashcraft
    Nonprofit Sector in the United States and Canada
    Types of National and Community-Based Nonprofit Recreation Organizations
    Professionals in Nonprofit Organizations
    Challenges and Opportunities for the Future

    Chapter 9. For-Profit Sector: Recreation, Event, and Tourism Enterprises
    Robert E. Pfister and Patrick T. Tierney
    Attributes of For-Profit Services
    RET Industry Model
    Considering an RET Career
    Trends and Challenges

    Chapter 10. Therapeutic Recreation
    Frances Stavola Daly and Robin Kunstler
    Defining Therapeutic Recreation
    History of Therapeutic Recreation
    Therapeutic Recreation Settings and Services
    Therapeutic Recreation Practice Models
    Therapeutic Recreation Process
    Your Future in Therapeutic Recreation
    Trends for the 21st Century

    Chapter 11. Unique Groups

    Campus Recreation
    Nicole Green
    History of Campus Recreation
    Organizational Structures
    Career Opportunities
    Trends in Campus Recreation

    Augustus W. Hallmon
    Esports in Parks and Recreation
    Are Eports Really Sports?
    Future of Esports

    Faith-Based Recreation
    John Byl and David Kahan
    Differences Within Faith Traditions
    Differences Among Faith Traditions
    Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and the National Recreation and Park Association Pillars
    Employment in Faith-Based Recreation

    Worksite Recreation and Health Promotion
    Mary Parr
    Corporate Wellness and Health Promotion
    History of Worksite Wellness
    Community Health, Population Health, and Individual Health
    Benefits of Corporate Wellness and Health Promotion Programs
    Wellness and Health Promotion Program Planning and Operation
    Wellness and Health Promotion: Other Program Types
    Impacts of Recent Legislation
    Career Preparation

    Recreation in the Armed Forces
    Yating “Tina” Liang
    Military Versus Civilian Recreation
    U.S. Armed Forces
    Canadian Armed Forces
    Military Recreation Program Areas
    Employment Opportunities
    COVID-19’s Impact on MWR

    Chapter 12. Leisure and Recreation Across the Life Span
    Mary Sara Wells and Tyler Tapps
    Leisure Functions Across the Life Span
    Generation Effect

    Part III. Delivering Recreation and Leisure Services

    Chapter 13. Program Delivery System
    Diane C. Blankenship and Rachel Kollasch
    Program Delivery History
    Mission and Outcomes
    Leadership Within the Program Delivery System
    Program Classification
    Program Formats

    Chapter 14. Recreational Sport Management
    H. Joey Gray, Robert J. Barcelona, and Kelsie N. Roberts
    Examining Sport Management From a Recreational Perspective
    Defining Recreational Sport
    Five Programming Areas of Recreational Sport Management
    Scope of Participation in Recreational Sport
    Trends in Recreational Sport Management
    International Participation in Recreational Sport
    Career Opportunities

    Chapter 15. Health, Wellness, and Quality of Life
    Rhonda Cross Beemer, Matthew Symonds, and Terrance Robertson
    Personal Health
    The Wellness Perspective
    Quality of Life, Health, and Healthy Communities
    History in the Making: Healthy Communities
    Career Opportunities

    Chapter 16. Outdoor and Adventure Recreation
    Bruce Martin, Garrett Hutson, and Marni Goldenberg
    Definition of Outdoor and Adventure Recreation
    History of Outdoor and Adventure Recreation in Canada and the United States
    Settings and Delivery Systems
    Contemporary Trends and Issues in Outdoor and Adventure Recreation

    Chapter 17. Arts and Culture
    Julie Voelker-Morris and Kim Lyddane
    Types of Arts and Cultural Experiences in Recreation and Leisure
    Types of Organizations and Roles Available
    Participation in Arts and Cultural Activities
    Benefits of Arts and Cultural Recreation Opportunities
    Contemporary Trends for Recreation Professionals Who Implement Arts and Cultural Activities

    Chapter 18. The Nature and Future of Recreation and Leisure as a Profession
    Tracy L. Mainieri
    Characteristics of the Recreation and Leisure Services Profession
    Recreation and Leisure Services as a Human Services Profession
    How to Position for a Recreation and Leisure Career . . . Now!
    Changes in the Field: Responding to an Ever-Changing World

    Chapter 19. International Perspectives on Recreation and Leisure

    International Perspectives: Sustainability and Ecotourism
    Kevin J. Fink and Michael J. Bradley
    Worldwide Impact of COVID-19 on Recreation, Tourism, and Leisure
    International Job Market in Recreation and Tourism
    International Overview
    International Organizations
    Ecotourism and Nature Travel
    Recreation, Tourism, and Leisure Development and Advocacy
    Physical Activity, Green-Space Use, and COVID-19

    Recreation and Leisure in Brazil
    Arianne C. Reis and Alcyane Marinho
    Historical Development of Recreation and Leisure in Brazil
    Types of Sectors, Segments, and Services
    COVID-19 Impacts and Trends

    Recreation and Leisure in China
    Jinyang Deng, Huimei Liu, and Jian Li
    A Brief History of China’s Leisure Development
    Recreation Opportunities in China
    Challenges and Trends for the Future

    Recreation in Nigeria
    Franz U. Atare
    Historical Development of Recreation and Leisure in Nigeria
    Settings, Organization, and Structures
    Diverse Populations and Their Interests
    Challenges, Issues, and Trends
    COVID-19 and Leisure Activity
    Tyler Tapps, PhD, is the assistant vice president for health and well-being at Northwest Missouri State University and was formerly an associate professor and the assistant director for health sciences. He received his PhD in health, leisure, and human performance from Oklahoma State University in 2009. In 2015, he was certified as a park and recreation professional by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), from which he also received the Robert W. Crawford Young Professional Award. Tapps is a military veteran with recreation programming experience in the military. He is a past president of the Leisure Educators section of the Missouri Park and Recreation Association.

    Mary Sara Wells, PhD, is an associate professor in the department of parks, recreation, and tourism at the University of Utah, where she serves as the director of undergraduate studies. She teaches courses in youth development, community recreation, and sport management. She has been a member of The Academy of Leisure Sciences (TALS), the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), and Society of Park and Recreation Educators (SPRE) since 2004. Wells has researched issues of sporting conduct in youth sport. She has published her research in numerous journals, presented at several national and international conferences, and conducted trainings and evaluations for multiple municipal youth sport agencies across the country.

    All ancillaries are free to adopting instructors through HKPropel.

    Instructor guide. Includes chapter summaries, review questions, activities, and assignments, as well as a list of websites that instructors may find useful for their students.

    Test package. Contains 30 questions per chapter in true-false and multiple-choice formats. The files may be downloaded for integration with a learning management system or printed for use as paper-based tests. Instructors may also create their own customized quizzes or tests from the test bank questions to assign to students directly through HKPropel. Multiple-choice and true-false questions are automatically graded, and instructors can review student scores in the platform.

    Chapter quizzes. Contains ready-made quizzes (10 questions each, pulled from the test package) to assess student comprehension of the most important concepts in each chapter. Each quiz may be downloaded or assigned to students directly through HKPropel. The chapter assessments are automatically graded, and instructors can review student scores in the platform.

    Presentation package. Features more than 440 PowerPoint slides of text, artwork, and tables from the book that can be used for class discussion and presentation. The slides in the presentation package can be used directly within PowerPoint or printed to make handouts for students. Instructors can easily add, modify, and rearrange the order of the slides.

    Instructors also receive access to all student materials in HKPropel. For Introduction to Recreation and Leisure, Fourth Edition, this includes a flash card activity, chapter summaries, On the Job learning activities (one per chapter), research prompts, and links to recommended websites to explore. On the Job learning activities can be assigned, and progress tracked, directly through HKPropel.

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