ERIC Number: ED475445
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
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Literature Review on Learning through Recreation. CPRN Discussion Paper.
This review of primarily Canadian literature summarizes what is known about the access of youth age 10-15 years to structured recreational activities and the effects of these activities. Data come from literature reviews and reference documents on the subject of recreation, leisure, or physical activity as well as books on the subject. Researchers also conducted interviews with two experts in the field. This paper begins by examining the Laidlaw Foundation's four major hypotheses about the policy significance of youth recreation (human development, civic competence, insufficiency, and inadequacy), suggesting that these hypotheses can be conceived as two aspects of the relationship between youth and recreation (the impact of recreation on the biological, social, emotional, and civic development of youth and social, economic, cultural, and political factors that are barriers to youth participation). The review examines all studies that establish the minimum levels of participation necessary to generate positive outcomes and that report on the social correlates of participation rates (or vice versa). It discusses barriers to recreation and their impact on youth participation rates. Results suggest that structured recreation offers positive physical, psychological, and social benefits (Contains 130 bibliographic references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Early Adolescents, Leisure Time, Physical Activities, Recreational Activities
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: Canadian Policy Research Networks Inc., Ottawa (Ontario).