The Roles of Leisure continued… January 21 st , 2020
Leisure Role to the Economy “Leisure represents the world’s largest single industry” (p.37) 1) Through consumption of services and products, billions of dollars are infused into the economy 2) Leisure activity has economic consequences because it aids production (Re-creation) 1) Recuperation 2) Improvement of well-being for workers 3) Improve worker skills
Leisure Can Promote Group Solidarity What leisure activities or behaviours do Canadians engage in that are uniquely Canadian? What challenges are there for recreation and leisure service practitioners?
Leisure Theory, Leisure Practice January 21 st , 2020
Leisure Theory, Leisure Practice Why is knowing the definitions and conceptualizations of leisure theory crucial for leisure practice ? But first, What is Theory?
What is Theory? Theory is used to explain the relationship between things.
Theory is: • An act of explanation that is communicated to others • Systematic, with presuppositions and evidence (observation/measurement) • What counts as evidence? • Always subject to question and criticism • Selective and partial (Kelly, 1987 in Hutchison, 2013, p.52)
Leisure Theories • Psychological Theories (individual motivations, dispositions, experiences, behaviours) • Social-Psychological Theories (Study of leisure behavior in social situations) • Sociological Theories (Study of the functions of leisure in relation to participation in, or maintenance of, social structures • Critical & Feminist Theories (Study of leisure as a form of social control, the influence power relations (e.g. age or gender)
How might you explain this?
Why Use Theory to Guide Leisure Practice? • Needs Assessment • E.g. determining needs/strengths of program • E.g. Leisure Constraints Theory • Provide Rationale and Increase Accountability • Rationales for Decision-Making • Enhance Outcomes • Theories link processes to outcomes • Communication • E.g. linkages to specific well-being outcomes • Program Evaluation • Linkages between evaluation tools and goals • E.g. Self-efficacy Theory & Adventure Programming • Measurement of people’s self-efficacy before and after program.
The Politics of Leisure KPER 1400 – Concepts of Recreation and Leisure January 21 st , 2020
The Politics of Leisure What is meant by “politics”? • Narrowly defined as all that relates to governance • Processes through which communities make decisions & establish values that are binding • However, •
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