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ERIC Number: ED193220
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Whose Turf is This?
Douglass, Robert W.
Many universities have several administrative and departmental units interested in teaching some portion of leisure science. Competition for responsibility, or turf, and duplication need to be kept at a minimum. At the Ohio State University, agreements as to respective roles were reached between the program in Parks and Recreation Administration and the programs in Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Forestry, Environmental Education, Fisheries and Wildlife Management, and Landscape Architecture. Steps in defining the areas of responsibility included a self-evaluation and long range plan, discussion with each of the other programs, compromise, and agreement as to responsibility. Each of the administrative units concerned with recreation separately defined its objectives, faculty strengths, and capabilities. Departmental faculty: (1) interpreted its role as assigned by the original mission of their school; (2) determined areas of competency; and (3) selected subject areas as being within its mission and competency. "Turf conflicts" between each of the departments were worked out with compromise. Communication, both internal and external, enabled all parties to keep working at the problem until a solution was reached. (CJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Leisure Studies
Note: Paper presented at the Society of Professional Recreation Educators Symposium on Leisure Research: Curriculum Planning and Evaluation.