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Leisure Program Planning and Delivery

Leisure Program Planning and Delivery

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    Leisure Program Planning and Delivery will guide your students in

    • employing a comprehensive three-step plan for successful program planning, implementing, and evaluating;
    • learning the essentials of successful recreation programming theory through real-world case studies and examples; and
    • building a professional programming portfolio through completion of class assignments.

    Leisure Program Planning and Delivery will prepare recreation students for 21st-century programming. The book provides a comprehensive three-step plan for successful programming of services, program leadership, and understanding operational management of program systems in recreation and leisure service organizations. The scope of the book makes it practical either for preparing students and new professionals or for retooling your recreation program for today's challenges.

    Grounded in contemporary professional practice and real-world applications, the book provides a systematic plan for students to learn the essentials of successful recreation programming, with examples of a variety of activities in community, outdoor, sport, cultural arts, and tourism sectors of the field. A companion Web site provides support for recreation professors with sample course syllabi, chapter review questions, PowerPoint presentations, and a test bank.

    Each chapter of Leisure Program Planning and Delivery includes the following student-friendly features:

    • Learning objectives
    • An opening vignette with a real-world example tied to the theme of the chapter
    • Photographs, tables, and figures
    • Examples of specific chapter programming concepts taken from actual programming for outdoor, sport, tourism, cultural arts, and community recreation organizations
    • A continuing case study highlighting the City of Westerville, Ohio, Parks and Recreation Department, a 2001 and 2007 Gold Medal Awardee
    • A chapter summary keyed to the learning objectives
    • A glossary of key terms

    A bound-in CD-ROM contains chapter-by-chapter activities and assignments that apply programming concepts and professional best practices from the text; Internet sites for interactive learning; and forms for planning, implementing, and evaluating programs. At the end of the course, the student assignments can be combined to create a student programming portfolio.

    Throughout the text, the City of Westerville, Ohio, Parks and Recreation Department—a 2001 and 2007 Gold Medal Awardee—serves as a case study. The case illustrates how program concepts and practices apply in the real world of recreation programming.

    Leisure Program Planning and Delivery is the foundational text to prepare students and practicing professionals for situations they will encounter on the job. As a reference, the book contains the essentials of programming and offers cutting-edge programming techniques, support tools, and forms that will help professionals meet challenges in leisure programming, making it a text that students will keep long after their course work is completed.


    Text for undergraduate courses in recreation programming. Reference for recreation undergratuates and those in the field.

    Part I. Foundations of Programming
    Chapter 1. The Importance of Programmed Leisure
    Benefits of Leisure
    Leisure and Well-Being
    Programmed Leisure

    Chapter 2. The Profession of Leisure Programming
    Organizational Settings
    Personal Qualities

    Chapter 3. Programming Principles
    Customer Service
    Customer Satisfaction
    Public Good
    Environmental Compatibility
    Continuous Improvement

    Chapter 4. Leisure Program Components
    Activity Areas
    Program Formats
    Putting the Components Together

    Chapter 5. Overview of the Program Planning Process
    Program Models
    Program Planning Process

    Part II. Planning Preparations
    Chapter 6. Understanding Your Organization and Community
    Philosophy and Values
    Network of Individual Constituents
    Network of Group Constituents

    Chapter 7. Assessing Patrons' Program Needs
    Methods of Needs Assessments
    Identification, Interpretation, and Utilization of Data
    Conducting a Needs Assessment
    Uses of a Needs Assessment
    From Needs Assessment to Marketing Plan

    Chapter 8. Program Goals and Objectives
    Program Rationale
    Formulating Goals
    Preparing Objectives

    Chapter 9. The Program Plan
    Purposes of a Program Plan
    Types of Program Plans
    Elements of a Program Plan
    The Role of Program Life Cycles

    Part III. Program Implementation
    Chapter 10. Making Operational Decisions
    Facility Usage and Coordination
    Program Communication
    Program Policies

    Chapter 11. Leading and Supervising Programs
    Determining Staffing Needs
    Expectations for Program Staff
    Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Staff

    Chapter 12. Program Monitoring
    The Importance of Program Monitoring
    Specific Program Monitoring Systems
    Other Program Monitoring Systems

    Chapter 13. Managing Risk in Leisure Programs
    Developing a Risk Management Plan
    Conducting Programs With Care
    Supervising Participant Behavior

    Part IV. Program Evaluation
    Chapter 14. Evaluation Approaches
    Timetables for Evaluation
    Rationale for Evaluation
    Obstacles to Evaluation
    Types of Evaluation
    Developing an Evaluation System

    Chapter 15. Evaluation Steps
    Step 1: Preparing an Evaluation Proposal
    Step 2: Designing the Study
    Step 3: Selecting a Sample
    Step 4: Collecting Information
    Step 5: Interpreting the Information Gathered
    Step 6: Preparing the Final Report
    Step 7: Putting the Findings Into Action

    Ruth V. Russell, ReD, is a full professor in the department of recreation, park, and tourism studies at Indiana University. She is a former trustee of the National Recreation and Park Association and a former president of the Society of Park and Recreation Educators. She has programming experience with San Diego Recreation and Parks Department, San Diego-Imperial County Girl Scout Council, a variety of Girl Scout camps, the Book Works retail store, Allied Gardens, and Chateau La Jolla Retirement Complexes. Dr. Russell is the author of numerous textbooks, technical reports, book chapters, and journal articles pertaining to recreation program planning.

    Lynn M. Jamieson, ReD, is chair and full professor in the department of recreation, park, and tourism studies 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.

    All ancillaries are free to adopting instructors and available online.

    Instructor Guide. In this instructor guide, written by Dan Elkins and Brent Beggs, you can find sample course syllabi, instructor information related to chapter discussion questions, descriptions of extended learning activities found on the CD-ROM, chapter outlines, chapter summaries, vocabulary handouts for terms in the textbook’s glossary, and direct links to detailed sources on the Internet for every chapter in the text.

    Test Package. The test package, written by Dan Elkins and Brent Beggs, consists of 300 ready-made test questions that feature multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, true-and-false, and essay and short-answer questions covering the content from all chapters.

    Presentation Package. Presents nearly 270 slides covering all 15 chapters in PowerPoint format.