ERIC Number: ED209487
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Continuing Education for Men and Women in Leisure Services.
Bialeschki, M. Deborah; Henderson, Karla A.
A study was conducted to ascertain the continuing education needs of men and women leisure service professionals in Wisconsin and to identify differences caused by gender. (Leisure service professionals were defined as persons employed full-time in administering, directing, leading, organizing, and planning in leisure service organizations.) A questionnaire was mailed to 1,646 Wisconsin professionals regarding their characteristics, continuing education needs and interests, and attitudes toward continuing education, with a 50 percent response rate. Data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics, analysis of variance, and tests of homogeneity. It was found that male recreation professionals' salaries were an average of almost $6,000 more than those of females. In general, attitudes toward continuing education were similar in males and females, although women tended to view continuing education in a slightly more positive light. Men had high continuing education needs in public relations, budgeting techniques, program evaluation, supervising staff, and long range planning. Women said they needed information on innovative programming, programming for special groups, activity analysis, current issues, and program evaluation. No significant differences in needs between women and men were found in staff training, time management, public speaking, and interpersonal communications. It was recommended that since no major differences by gender were found, opportunities for continuing education should be made available to all personnel, with particular emphasis on removing barriers or deterrents to women. (KC)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Educational Attitudes, Educational Needs, Employment Patterns, Females, Leisure Time, Males, Postsecondary Education, Professional Continuing Education, Professional Personnel, Recreational Activities, Salaries, Sex Bias, Sex Differences, Sex Fairness, Staff Development
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin