ERIC Number: ED218338
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
A Valid and Reliable Assessment of Recreation.
Matthews, Peter R.
The development of a valid and reliable method of assessing recreational patterns was the purpose of this study. Recreational activities were classified using activity clusters and the setting for the activity. This information yielded a two-dimensional matrix for viewing activities. The first dimension of the matrix was the recreational activity clusters: physical, social, cognitive, and environment-related recreation. The second dimension represented the activities' structural components: with whom (self or family, friends, or others) and where (home, neighborhood, or community) the activity takes place. Reliability of information can be assured if appropriate data collection methods are used. When high interrater agreement on the classification of activities is generated, reliability is increased. Methods of data collection are participant self reports on amount of participation, frequency of participation, and interrater agreement. Methods of selecting recreational activities from many recreational domains include purpose and location of the activity, or the age, sex, and socioeconomic status of participants. (DWH)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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