Download full text
Download full text
ERIC Number: EJ1043882
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
The Delivery of Recreation Programs: Students Gain Entry Level Management Skills through Service Learning
Zimmermann, Jo An M.; Dupree, Jessica; Hodges, Jan S.
Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v14 n4 p144-163 Oct 2014
Service learning is a well established pedagogy within higher education. Specifically, service learning allows students to engage in "real world" activities to practice skills and reflect upon their own competence. To enhance the effectiveness of service learning, instructors need to consider a multitude of learning influences. This study adhered to the tenants of the Social Cognitive Theory (Bandura, 1986; Schunk, 2004) to engage students enrolled in a 2000 level recreation program development course in service learning activities related to entry level administrative competencies. Data analysis included a content analysis of reflection papers (n = 186) to determine how many times competencies expected of entry level recreation professionals were mentioned. Students perceived the acquisition of competencies consistent with entry level competencies identified within the recreation industry. Findings contribute to the development of effective assignments to facilitate the acquisition of desired professional competencies.
Descriptors: Service Learning, Learning Activities, Teaching Methods, Higher Education, Social Cognition, Social Theories, Content Analysis, Reflection, Student Attitudes, Skill Development, Assignments, Job Skills, Recreation, Management Development, Program Evaluation, College Students
Indiana University. 755 West Michigan Street UL 1180D, Indianapolis, IN 46202. Tel: 317-274-5647; Fax: 317-278-2360; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.iupui.edu/~josotl
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A