ERIC Number: ED033278
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Professional Preparation in Recreation: Undergraduate Education Pertinent to Leadership with Older Adults.
Spring, Evelyn Lee
In order to assess current undergraduate preparation of recreation majors for leadership with older adults, a preliminary study was made of catalogs from 107 colleges and universities. Questionnaire respondents from 67 of these institutions verified pertinent course content and recommended additional academic content relevant to the needs of older adults. Recommendations were also obtained from 18 authorities on aging, leisure, and recreation. Supplementary data on implementation of academic topics were gathered by a check list. Findings included the following: (1) of the 223 courses reported, 37 were specialized and 186 had special content on aging; (2) the former were largely offered outside the major and were elective for undergraduates, while the latter were largely required within the major; (3) pertinent courses generally focused on sociological aspects of aging; (4) the recommendations gave first priority to increasing professional knowledge; (5) respondents tended to favor use of a specialized course on aging, with increased treatment of relevant topics within major course work. It was concluded that current curricula are inadequate and need improvement. (author/ly)
Descriptors: Age, Curriculum, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Needs, Elective Courses, Evaluation, Investigations, Leadership Training, Leisure Time, Majors (Students), Older Adults, Professional Education, Recreation, Surveys, Undergraduate Study
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Authoring Institution: University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Note: Ph.D. Thesis.