ERIC Number: ED193208
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Leisure Studies: Discipline or Profession.
Butler, K. Nelson
Certain basic characteristics of a discipline are a particular focus of attention, a unique body of knowledge, and a specific mode of inquiry. Although the field of leisure studies fails to measure up to the standards of a discipline, an interdisciplinary approach can be used to promote integration of knowledge, freedom of inquiry, and intellectual curiosity. The definition of an interdisciplinary approach proceeds in three steps: (1) the exploration and mapping of the minimal conceptual frameworks presupposed by the disciplines involved; (2) the application of different disciplines to particular problems that are considered beyond the proper territory of these disciplines; and (3) the comparison of the utility of the expanded disciplines with respect to problems that could present a common challenge. Problems inherent in interdisciplinary leisure studies are autonomy of established disciplines and administrative competition. To achieve the scope and depth required, the leisure studies field cannot develop without cross borrowing from other disciplines. (CJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the National Research Symposium for the Society of Park and Recreation Educators (New Orleans, LA, 1979).