ERIC Number: ED189356
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
The Continuing Education Needs of Leisure Service Professionals in Wisconsin.
Henderson, Karla; Bialeschki, M. Deborah
To assess the professional continuing education needs of persons employed full-time in administering, directing, leading, organizing, or planning leisure services, a questionnaire was mailed to 1,640 leisure service professionals throughout Wisconsin (50% return). Groups surveyed (and for which data was analyzed separately) included people involved in park/outdoor recreation, community/school, therapeutic, older adult, camping, and outdoor/environmental education services. On the average respondents had worked in present position five years, in leisure services eight years. Of all surveyed, 78% had at least an undergraduate degree, 18% a Master's, 27% had recreation as a college major, 10% were pursuing an advanced degree and 20% would like to. On the average they supervised four full-time and twenty-seven part-time employees and forty-four volunteers; were 35 years old; 44% women; gross salary ($15,000). Some of the high specific needs and interests were innovative programming, public relations, program evaluation, programming for special groups, leadership techniques, supervising staff, training staff, current issues in programming, evaluating personnel and interpersonal communication. Highest needs were in relationships and programming. Regarding continuing education, 35% belonged to professional associations; most frequent activities: conferences, inservice training, and reading professional books, but activity desired for future was college credit coursework. Greatest deterrents cited for participating in continuing education were schedule conflicts, cost, and not enough time. The importance of continuing education was ranked high by 87%, 47% believing it should be mandatory for continued employment. (Questionnaire appended.) (JT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Univ. Extension.
Note: Prepared at the Recreation Resources Center.